“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Sin has a nasty effect on us but it has an equally harsh effect upon those that are left to deal with the blow back. When we sin or “mess up” we aren’t the only ones that have to deal with the issues. So today, lets talk about the others that sin touches when we are overtaken.
I. LOSS OF TRUST
Depending on what the transgression is, there could be a breakdown of trust between you and those that your sin affects. For instance, if you committed theft then for a while your access to valuables could be restricted and even denied. If you failed to act righteously in a situation then people could doubt your ability to make good decisions. In this wise, it could take time to rebuild your trust even though you have been forgiven. Trust is takes a long time to gain and a short time to strain.
II. LACK OF TALK
I have noticed many people that have been in this situation either do one or two things:
- Feel awkward in talking to the fallen
- Feel disgusted in communicating to the fallen
People will either not know what to say to you or either avoid talking to you altogether. Is it right? Probably not but it’s the way some people are and sin makes people act strange. I suggest that you keep to yourself and focus on getting close to God. If you try to gain their approval and make them want to communicate with you then what. If you get close to God, they will either ponder in their hearts “what’s so different with him/her”. Be prepared for very little communication in this area.
III. LIMITED TIME
I have read and even noticed that when one sins, some people will break fellowship from the person and not want to be associated with them. I once heard about a woman that was once in a marriage with 5 children with her husband that all of a sudden left him and her children for another man. She was gone for over 3 months and then returned back to her family and accepting husband, When they went back to church and tried to reintegrate, most of the assembly treated her like she was a criminal. The ladies that she called close friends were now nowhere to be found. She experienced the coldness of people that placed their own righteousness over her need to recover.
The bible warns us about the dangers of sin and the consequences of it in our lives but the blow back from our sin in the lives of others. It is very difficult to want to serve God when it feels like the ones that you’ve served with are leaving you all alone. Well, whether or not they are on your side, go forward and serve God! Get up quickly and run rapidly. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.