The First Fall
You will not have been converted many days, or even hours, before you will discover that there are many traps. Let me point out some of them, so that being forewarned. To begin with, it is rather an anxious time when the first fall after conversion occurs, especially so if you have previously been enslaved by any particular evil habit or sin. Not one of us escapes this experience. Although, one can sin many times and still asked for forgiveness but you must not rely on that; once, you serve God you don’t go back to sin. The joy of salvation is in our hearts, the happy hours go flying by and it seems as if no sorrow or clouds would cross our path again, and then suddenly, unexpectedly, we fall down! The bitter shame and sorrow that fill our hearts, and who knows? Perhaps some of you have that sorrow and shame in your hearts as you read, possibly, to matters worse, your worldly friends have noticed it and their amusement at your defeat is but ill concealed your Christian friends are none too sympathetic, and you don’t know what to do. Now Satan will suggest to you, “A nice mess you have made in thus attempting to be a Christian. Would it not be better to give up and save further disgrace to yourself and dishonor to you Lord?” Satan will frustrate you, “he will want you to turn back to him and he would never let you go” He would lead you to distrust God. “Give up,” is always his word. Beloved, let me tell you what to do. Do not give up, but get down and go on. I mean, in humiliation and self-judgment before God, remembering that though you have changed. This sin of yours is one among the many for which Christ suffered on the cross, and he has now gone on high to be your Advocate (I John 2: 1 ) God is still your Father. Get down then in confession to God and from Him (as your Father) you will get forgiveness. Be blessed.
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I see the point you are trying to make here. We must balance our repentance with a healthy understanding of God`s love though, and when we do slip, He will be there to help us back on our feet. We do not, as children of God, humiliate ourselves before Him. WE are the ones being humiliated every time the devil gets the better of us -this should be enough to spur us on to obedience to the Father`s word! We must not lead the reader into believing every time we slip into sin, we are putting Christ back on the cross. It is finished, and God`s children are part of that finished work - be sorry for wrongdoing yes, but trust in the power of the Spirit to strengthen and enable for future victory!
An insightful reminder of how precious we are to God, even when we don't always feel so spiritual. Thanks!