Not even David was blameless. For
his thoughts were diverted and he sinned against Uriah's wife.
Another example is surely enough to keep one who is living a godly
life safe. This example is Judas' fall from better to worse.
After being Christ's disciple for
so long, he sold his Master for his own profit but received
punishment instead. Learn from this, beloved, that the one who
begins well isn't perfect. It is the one who ends well whom God
So then, don't allow your eyes to
sleep or your eyelids to slumber so that you can be saved like
"a roe from the net and a bird from the snare."
For you are passing through the
midst of traps. You are walking on top of a high wall where a fall
is much more dangerous.
Therefore, don't try to be
extremely disciplined right away. Above everything, beware of your
own confidence, lest you fall from a height of discipline because of
lack of training.
It is better to move ahead a little
at a time. So then, withdraw from the pleasures of life little by
little. Gradually destroy all your evil habits, lest you bring on
yourself a mass of temptations by stirring up all of your passions
at once. When you have mastered one passion, then begin waging war
against another. And before long, you will get the better of them