Keep watch for little sins

Jesus taught us sin begins in our heart. No one commits a great sin without doing little sins. In this post we will explore from Scripture and gospels how little sins makes a person do great sins.

Petty Thief to Betrayer

Antoni Caba, Repentance of Judas (1874)

This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.

John 12:6

Judas Iscariot used to take from the money box for himself. He was a petty thief.

Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.

Matt 26:14-16

These little thefts led Judas to even betray innocent blood for money.

Accessory to Murderer

In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent [it] by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there [were] valiant men. Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And [some] of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also.

2 Sam 11:14-17

Joab just obeyed the king’s orders to kill Uriah being an accessory to David for the murder.

Moreover you know also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, [and] what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner and Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed. And he shed the blood of war in peacetime, and put the blood of war on his belt that [was] around his waist, and on his sandals that [were] on his feet. Therefore do according to your wisdom, and do not let his gray hair go down to the grave in peace.

1 Kgs 2:5-6

We can see how later in the life of Joab how he became a murderer by killing Abner (2 Sam 3:30) and Amasa (2 Sam 20:10).


Many Christians do not see the requirement of sinlessness and holiness as Jesus taught (Matt 18:8-9) to enter life but commit little sins and keep asking forgiveness from God. Just as we saw how a petty thief became a betrayer of Jesus Christ for money and an accessory became a murderer for revenge, we too will commit greater sins if we do not turn away from little sins. Therefore, let us much keep watch for little sins and always be holy and righteous before God.

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Mary Hunt
3 years ago

Excellent post! God bless you

7 months ago

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10

Little leads to big

Last edited 7 months ago by grateful