It’s Not Too Late

It’s Not Too Late

Read 2 Peter Chapter 2

2Pe 2:20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.

This passage has often bothered me. I worry about those I care for who have once known that homosexual behaviors are sin, but now embrace it as not sin. This verse also used to bother me when I was living willfully in sin. I could see myself as worse off than when I was trying to fight it. But there was a difference. I now realize that all during my rebellious years, I never believed that homosexual behavior was acceptable in God’s sight.

Men and women are worse off either way. If they have known truth at one time, but have either embraced it as acceptable, or have willfully engaged in sin even though they know it is sin. I was worse off because the longer I engaged in rebellion, the more difficult it became to abandon it. Those who now believe it is acceptable are worse off because they are not open to the truth and are not listening to the Holy Spirit.

2Pe 2:21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”

These two verses are even more troubling. They seem to indicate that it is impossible to return to God after having abandoned Him and His teachings. I personally believe that it does refer to some people, who have gone so far away from God that they are unable to hear the truth and come back to it. But I do not think that it applies to everyone who have left God’s pathway. There is too much evidence from the lives of changed men and women. Many have returned to God after a time of rebellion or disbelief, and are living their lives in service and submission to Him.

There is good news for anyone who finds themselves away from God and wonders if there is a way back. Those who have wandered too far away from God have no concern over their spiritual condition. Anyone who remains concerned, afraid that they may have traveled too far away from God, is still listening to truth and willing to accept it. Many decades ago, Billy Graham wrote about that idea in his daily column, and gave hope and comfort to a young man who was terrified that he had gone too far. That person was me. If you are concerned, do not fear; repent and return to Him. His arms are open wide.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Give comfort to anyone who fears that You will not accept them back into Your arms.

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