“A dog returns to his own vomit, and a sow, having washed, to her wallowing mire.” (2 Pet 2:22)
I still remember going to the zoo when I was little. I went to the pig section and saw these two humongous fat, smelly, dirty pigs sleeping together. There were flies crawling around their bodies, there’s mud everywhere and it smelled like dung all over the place. Everytime I go back to Taiwan, I always see stray dogs. There are always fleas and other bedraggled stuff on their fur. Being close to these animals just makes me queasy and my body just tells me to get out of there ASAP.
Spiritually, sinners like us were once like these animals. Dirty and an outcast with no place to live in. But repenting and being baptized in the True Church can wash our sins away through Jesus Christ. Even a pig can be clean as long as you wash all the dirt off and stay away from the mud. Make sure that you are transformed and never go back to your old self. In 2 Pet 2:22 it talks about how a fool returns to his folly just as a dog returns to eating his own vomit or how a pig is washed clean and returns to the mud.
Some of the members in church continue to sin after repenting, like the analogy where the dog returns to eating its own vomit or even the analogy where the pig is washed clean and returns to the mud. They have this idea where God will always forgive them because He is a compassionate and loving God. But those truly in Christ don’t merely just repent and be forgiven by God. Through faith and by relying on the Holy Spirit, true believers are changed, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ. This doesn’t mean you’re perfect, but it means that you are living a new a transformed life.
If you are willing to repent and turn back, make sure that you never have that mindset where God will always forgive you no matter how far you will go. You’re basically joking with God and you’re not serious about true repentance. You would basically be sinning intentionally which is an iniquity that leads to death (Heb 10:26-27).
Remember, there is always hope. When you are in the darkness, you must seek for the light, and that light is God. If you are serious about true repentance, then God will accept you. Although you’ve sinned intentionally which leads to death, it can be prevented as long as you stop doing it. And as you move on towards the future, you can live a new life that God has been expected of you.
Questions for Reflection:
- Are you willing to let Jesus redirect your path? If so, are you serious about true repentance?
- How are you going to make sure that you can be careful and not repeat the same sin/mistakes again?