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George H. Morrison
When the writer speaks of the sin which doth beset us he is not referring to one particular sin. The thought that one sin may be specially perilous is not present to his mind at all. He is thinking of all sin, of sin in its largest compass, and he says of all sin that it easily besets us, which probably means that, like a hampering garment, it clings to us and hinders us from running. Now mark that he does not say, "Let us lay aside our weights, even the sins that so easily beset us." He puts an "and" between the words to indicate that the one obstruction may differ from the other. All sins are weights, but all weights are not sins; and both alike have to be laid aside.
A moment's thought ought to make plain to us this great distinction between weights and sins; it is one that vitally concerns our progress. There are some things that everywhere are right, and there are other things that everywhere are wrong. No matter who does them or why they may be done, their relation to the law of God is fixed. They do not take their moral tone from circumstances nor are they relative to a man's place or powers. There are things that are everywhere and always right, and there are things that are everywhere and always wrong. Now could we take every detail of human conduct and place it in one or other of these categories, life would present a very simple problem; but the complexity of life consists in this, that there are acts innumerable which cannot be so classified. There are a thousand things that no man dare call wrong, for they show none of the characters of sin; on the contrary, they may be precious gifts which in other circumstances might be rich in blessing; but if they hinder you when you struggle for the best and burden you so that you run unworthily, then are they weights and must be laid aside.
That this is also the teaching of our Lord is evident from some of His memorable sayings: "If thy right hand offend the ...
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