Slipping Right Into Sin (2)
We have been studying Mark 14:27-72 over the last two weeks discussing how a person slips into sin. The consequence of slipping into sin are often denial (vv. 68-71) and regret (v. 72). But how do you recover from yielding to sin?
Some approach their sin as someone else’s fault. Others view Sin as a genetic disorder or environmental circumstance. But none of those approaches are verified in scripture. Our best source is comparing Judas’ response to his betrayal of Jesus with Peter’s response to his denial of Jesus. Judas committed suicide. He hung himself (Matthew 27:5). Peter knew the One whom he betrayed was and is the One who restores. That is why Peter “wept bitterly”. His “godly sorrow” led to his recovery. Without such “godly sorrow” (2 Corinthians 7:10), we cannot be saved. This is a salvation every sinner needs. It is the remedy Jesus provided for almost 3,000 people in Acts 2 who asked, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37-41)…
Salvation through Jesus is our recovery from slipping into sin. But how do we keep from slipping into sin again? Peter tells us those who have recovered need to “be sober”, “be ye holy”, “be followers of that which is good”, “be ready”, “be clothed with humility”, “be vigilant”, “be found in peace, without spot and blameless in his sight” (1 Peter 1:13,16; 3:13,15; 5:5,8; 2 Peter 3:14). God wants us back. He offers you complete recovery - a “newness of life” (Romans 6:3,4; Ephesians 4:22-24). Will you accept and obey His recovery plan?