Our powerful Creator has the ability to redeem all our mistakes and use them for good.
While God can redeem our bad choices, He calls us to use wisdom to avoid becoming entangled in the enemy’s snare.
But many Christians hold onto His grace – not understanding how our earthly choices matter – until they experience the consequences of their actions.
Do we always feel the consequences of our actions?
Likely not as much as we should.
It’s true – God is merciful and gracious – and many people have made mistakes in their life without experiencing the earthly consequences that could have happened.
Sometimes a police officer pulls over a driver for speeding – and doesn’t give them a ticket.
Or maybe a student chooses not to study like they should of but still passes their course.
While there is grace in life and sometimes, we catch a break – it is dangerous to assume life will always be like that.
The slow fall
Every choice leads to another one – and to another – and we never know where the last bad choice will lead us.
For Christians who marry a non-believer – they might not think their choice is “that bad” . . .
. . . only to realize their non-believing husband is divorcing them years later because he wants to be single.
Or maybe a guy who struggles with pornography might feel a few “quick looks” is harmless . . .
. . . only to find out it cost him his integrity and reputation in the community once found out.
Sin is deceptive
Sin makes us believe that what we are doing is not really “that bad”.
In our pride, we think we can “control” our vices – but before we realize it we are enslaved to our desires.
Whether it’s a shopaholic who can’t stop spending and finds herself in massive credit card debt – or an overworked dad who turns to alcohol to “take the edge off” and then develops a drinking problem – ever bad choice builds upon each other and has a ripple effect.
God’s Word Is The Light To Our Path
Thankfully, God does not leave us to navigate this broken world without a map.
His Word is full of wisdom and guidance, telling believers how to live, and warning them about the common traps of life.
It all starts with taking each thought captive and putting into obedience to Christ.
As we spend time with God each day, seeking Him, and asking Him for wisdom, He has promised to give us wisdom from above to help us navigate life.
So remember, while God can redeem our past mistakes and use it for His glory, our actions on earth still have consequences.
So walk in loving fear of the Lord, and ask Him to help you stay on the straight path.
Each choice we make in wisdom also builds our spiritual muscles and helps us have the momentum to keep doing the next right thing.
Do you agree our earthly actions still have consequences?
What are some guardrails you’ve put up in your life to protect you from falling prey to sin?
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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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