I am not one to condone sin, no. Me? No, not ever!
However, I am one to often enter into it. Not “fall” you see, as I hardly ever trip.
I make decisions, more or less well informed, and then decide to face the consequences.
More often than not, the real effects of what we have chosen to engage in are much more gross and harder and painful and destructive than imagined.
Often. Sometimes they are not.
Sometimes we do not imagine the consequences of our decisions at all.
Sometimes we simply choose to “plunge in”, to swim in sin; to see where it takes us.
We simply float.
I am not one to condone sin. Me? No, not ever!
However, when we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory, committing the unforgivable, yes, even right in the midst of the sinful, we have the following as an encouragement:
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (Luke 22:32)
I say this not to make sin look less bad, but to help you realize that no act of weakness/wickedness surprises God. Even long before you chose or “fell” into sin, He knew. As a matter of fact, He knew you would even long before He created you. He knew you would sin, get hurt and do much hurting, and yet decided to create you- in His very own image.
I am not here to condone sin. Me? No, never.
However, sin has a way of making us aware of our own frailties. Our inherent need for Him. His love, His forgiveness, His mercy, His grace.
And then, when we have realized where we have fallen, much like the prodigal son, the idea is to return to Him. No test or temptation or trial is bad on its own; the challenge always is to remain standing! But more importantly, to stand when one has fallen. And to allow one’s experience teach others.
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Of course Paul wasn’t referring to sin here, but the principle still holds veracity: that which life has taught you, that which you have learnt, share with and teach others. May the generation to come and the people we lead be better than we.