So with us. Many a sin which the believer has committed God has pardoned, but the consequences come, all the same, you may have the guilt forgiven but you cannot undo the sin, there it remains, and our children and our children’s children may have to smart for sins which God has forgiven to us.
A spendthrift may be forgiven for his profligacy, but he sends a stream of poverty down to the next generation. Some sins are peculiarly mischievous in this way, and I doubt not but that all sin inevitably brings mischief upon the man committing it, and upon all around him in a measure, and that God who forgives the sin leaves the consequences to work themselves out.
That is a very solemn matter, is it not?
You let loose the river, it will flow on forever. The action of today will affect all time, more or less remotely it will affect every coming age, for you tell upon another man, and that other man on another, and even eternity itself shall hear the echo trembling along its halls of your momentary action which you, perhaps, without thought, committed against the living God.
This should make us very careful, surely, in our walk.
Bow yourself, then, Christian, and if you are not conscious of any particular pride, be humble because you are not so conscious, for pride is very likely there. It is when we think we are humble we are most proud, and perhaps when we bemoan our pride it may be then that we are truly humble. Let us go unto God by Jesus Christ, and ask Him to search out this pride if it be there, and to lay us low at the foot of the cross.
(Spurgeon: Sermon #704 AUGUST 5, 1866) [Emphasis and Pictures Mine]
(HEZEKIAH AND THE AMBASSADORS, OR VAINGLORY REBUKED)
Let us go unto God by Jesus Christ,
and ask Him to search out this pride
if it be there, and to lay us
low at the foot of the cross.