A Little Sin

“A little sin never hurt anybody.”

These days,  I hear or utter such a phrase when I’m offered an extra piece of pie or a second oatmeal-raisin cookie. In earlier times, I think we might all confess I might have meant a little more serious transgression.

No, I am not going to ask you during a meditation to consider your past or present sins, nor am I going down that path myself.  I may have a lot of expertise in the ways of sin, but I’m not very good at hell-fire and damnation, accusing, judging, or self-righteousness. I know how that feels and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts God extends, and dwelling on past iniquities is a waste of time.

Over the years however, I have found a lot of truth in the wisdom that a little sin will shake your trust and disturb your peace more than tremendous suffering. The presence of God grows and grows amidst suffering as long as we keep sin out – as sin gets in our life during times of stress, peace goes out. So when tempted by a little sin during life’s difficult moments ( I mean real sin, Oatmeal – Raisin cookies don’t count) consider not the sin, but the peace and comfort of God that you will lose when you need it the most.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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