Don't Go Deeper Into Sin: MAKE YOUR WAY BACK HOME TO GOD
You may have heard stories of young girls who made mistakes in secondary school and got pregnant. They had to leave school to have their babies or they went for abortions. But before you knew it, they considered themselves tainted and unworthy of their former dreams. So rather than pick up from where they were before the unfortunate incident, they resigned themselves to more ill-advised sexual encounters leading to more babies born out of wedlock and lives of struggle financially and emotionally.
You may also have heard of young men who through negative peer influence were introduced to drugs and petty theft as teenagers. Rather than retrace their steps after their first encounter with the law, they went deeper into crime and drug abuse.
It doesn’t matter what the sin is or whether we call it sin or not. Doing something wrong makes us feel condemned and undeserving of God’s help and attention. The tendency is for the devil to come in when we have erred to offer us dubious relief for the psychological dissonance we feel. He may proffer justifications for what we did:
“Your parents were poor and there was no food at home. What else could you have done but steal or sleep around?”
“Everybody is taking drugs and getting high? Why should you be the only one playing ‘holy’ and missing out?”
From justifying our actions, it’s just a small step to becoming caught in a vicious cycle of ultimately unprofitable and self-harming behaviour.
But we can be smart. We can be free. One mistake, two or whatever number, should not be allowed to define our lives. Although He may be the last person we want to see or talk to, although we may be convinced He is very mad at us for messing up, God is the One we need to be running to when we’ve screwd up. Yes, He is angry at sin, but He also longs to wash us clean and give us a fresh start.
The prodigal son learnt this when, after squandering his inheritance in rioutous living, he picked up the courage to go back home. He didn’t expect anything but servitude so that he wouldn’t die of hunger, but he received a most unexpected and emotional welcome from his father.
“And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
“And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.
“And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate.
“For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.” – Luke 15:20-24 (ESV)
Don’t allow the devil or anyone else to convince you that you are done for, that there’s no hope or redemption for you. God loves you and He is earnestly waiting even now for you to come to Him, to acknowledge your mistakes and surrender your life to Him.
You don’t have to bury yourself deeper into trouble by popping more hard pills, taking more lives via abortion or otherwise, betting for that elusive mega win or whatever else you’ve been derailed into. Just stop where you are right now, turn around and turn to God. Ask Him to forgive you, to cleanse you and renew you. Ask Him to pull you up to where He is, away from the filth, the stench and the hopelessness of sin.
God is your Father, your Creator. He longs to help you, He yearns to beautify you. Break that bond with sin and Satan today and run home to Him. He is waiting to wipe your tears and make you whole again. Make your way back to God today. Do not delay.
Just talk to Him in your own words and receive the peace and restoration that only He can provide. May God bless you bountifully as you do this in Jesus’ name.