The Puritan Richard Baxter (1615–1691) provides this helpful perspective on sin:
“Sin…is your murderer. Kill it before it kills you.”
Here’s the full quote on the deadliness of sin:
Use sin … as it will use you. Spare it not, for it will not spare you. It is your murderer, and the murderer of the world. Use it therefore as a murderer should be used. Kill it before it kills you; and then, though it kill your bodies, it shall not be able to kill your souls; and though it bring you to the grave, as it did your head, it shall not be able to keep you there.