11 Maxims Against Sin

Abstain from every form of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:22


The maxims on sin, I have gleaned as opportunity offered, partly from books, partly from the conversation of friends. I wish they may be remembered by my children, and prove profitable to them in the hour of temptation.

1. “It is the mischievous property of sin—that it not only puts the soul into hell, but puts hell into the soul.”

2. “That should be our chief trouble, which is the cause of all the trouble in the world.”

3. “Nothing worth having, is gotten by sin. Nothing worth keeping, is lost by holiness.”

4. “Tis bad trading with sin and Satan, since we ourselves must pay for all at last.”

5. “By suffering we may avoid sinning; but we cannot by sinning avoid suffering.”

6. “Fools make a mock at sin,” but “it will be bitterness in the end.”

7. “He who makes light of small sins—is in the ready way to fall into great ones.”

8. “If we would not fall into things unlawful things, we must not venture to the utmost bound of lawful things. To tread upon the edge of a precipice is dangerous, if not destructive.”

9. “Tis folly for a person to do that now, which he must shortly undo by repentance, or be himself undone forever.”

10. “Carefully avoid those vices which most resemble virtue. They are a thousand times the most ensnaring.” Covetousness, which looks very much like Prudent Care, is Idolatry!

11. “Never do evil that good may come thereby. That would be serving the devil, that God may serve you.”

– Gorham Abbott, The Family At Home