Wallowing In The Mire


Repentance is a wonderful thing; but only if it is heartfelt. It is very easy to recognize that we have done something wrong. It is an entirely different thing to feel true feelings of “regret” and “remorse” for so doing.  There are daily examples of famous people who are caught in their sinful acts and acknowledge them. But that doesn’t mean they are repentive in the true sense.   Likewise, by just acknowledging our sins we can be fooled into thinking that we are sorrowful and that a change of heart has occurred when it hasn’t. Thus, we might be tempted to believe we have changed and that we have the strength to resist our old ways,  when in reality we are still weak and susceptible to fall. Peter, the apostle, penned these insightful words to the early saints. Said he:

“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” (2 Peter 2:20-22)

I have great admiration for those who live righteous lives all of their days. However there are many who do overcome bad habits and never return unto them. How wonderful it is that through the atonement of Christ all can be made clean again.  But as Peter explained, the journey is far more treacherous for those who find the Lord, and then turn from him. The best and safest way for all believers to make sure that we stay clean,  is to never have “wallowed in the mire” at all!

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