Commitment. It’s difficult to keep commitments, especially ones made to yourself. We are fallible beings. We are susceptible to all evils in some way. Humans sin: to believe anything else is simply sinful. To prove my point about commitment… It took me 2 weeks to write this post.
Never again is a promise. It’s more than just words, it’s a solemn vow, though too often broken and belittled. We laugh our commitments to scorn. Every time we break them, “we the hypocrites” commit to keep them in future, as if the repetition of words will solve our sinful nature.
Never again: It’s a promise I’ve never kept. With how many times I’ve said it after dusting myself off from falling, you’d think it would mean more to me. But, in reality, the more you say it, the less it means to you. How many times can you say never before it starts loosing it’s significance?
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
–2 Peter 1:4
This verse helps with the hurt of letting go of the wheel and the crash and burn we experience so many times. It tells us that we are not automatically partakers of the divine nature, escaping the corruption in the world through lust. It is something we have to work for. We are given the exceeding great and precious promises, that by them we might be partakers. It is the intention of God that we trust His promises and by them become partakers of the divine nature. But, we have to trust and believe the promises.
First we have to know them. As the song goes: “You can’t stand on promises of you don’t know what they are.”. It’s imperative that we stay inside of the Word, hide it in our hearts, write it on our doors and upon our foreheads. Let the words of God be always before our eyes and in our minds. By them, we can stand, having a divine nature and escaping the corruption of lust in the world.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you
faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
This is my favorite passage for broken times. In the moments when I’ve messed up so bad that I hate myself and feel unlovable, it soothes the pain by telling me that the God who loves me in spite of myself can keep me from falling. Sometimes I wonder why I fall… Is it simply to teach myself how to get back up again? Or, maybe, do I fall to teach myself not to fall? The end of every Christian is totally conformity to the image of God, but life slows us down sometimes, we slip, we fall, we fail. That’s why we need to trust the one who never fails, who can keep us from falling.
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
–1 Peter 5:7
The solution to falling: repent and leave it at the alter. Trust the one who can keep you from falling. Give God your problems and let Him solve them. Only then can you truly say to your sin, “Never again”.
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist