Temptation and Sin

In “Image” no. 182, Edwards compares lengthy prosperity with long summertimes which allow “many flies and other insects that are hurtful and noisome” and other pestilence to breed unrestrained. “So a long continuance of a summer of prosperity, of outward or spiritual comforts, breeds hurtful and noisome and corrupting insects as it were in the soul. Many evil things, contrary to the humility and simplicity that is in Christ, gradually creep in till they swarm.”