Rottten Lilies

"For sweetest things turn soured by their deed,
Lilies that fester smell worse than a weed."

How lovely and fragrant is the life of a holy Christ-like man, but what a strong unsavoury smell there is about that once great professor who has gone back to the swine troughs of sin and open iniquity! The influence of his life is far worse than that of the ordinary unregenerate weed. "I would that thou wert cold or hot, because thou art lukewarm I will spue thee out of My mouth" (Rev_3:16).