April 11, 2008

If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 9:59 pm

On Wednesday of this week I received some terrible news about a man whom I’ve known all of my life. This man has been a preacher, song evangelist, and Christian school staff member for many years. The news as I received it was that this man had been involved in an affair with a woman other than his wife for 13 years! All the while, he kept preaching, singing, and representing a Christian school. What a shock!

This is devastating news…there is no other word for it. I’ve been thinking about this off and on ever since. How could someone who seemed so strong spiritually fall into this trap? It reminds me of King David, a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), who fell into sin with Bathsheba. None of us are exempt from sin or from moral failure. It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been a Christian nor how much we are involved in God’s work, we all are subject to the temptations of Satan.

When I hear news of this sort, I often look at a situation and ask myself what lessons I can learn from the faults and failures of others. This week has been no exception. I thought of this passage in 1 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV), “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” No doubt anyone who has been a Christian for some time has thought “that would never happen to me” or “I would never do that!” Well, NEVER is a big word…and while I certainly believe in God’s keeping grace, I also know that Paul felt he needed to warn the Corinthian church along this very line. We can never be sure that we won’t fall. We all must maintain a meek and humble spirit, realizing that we need God’s help each and every day!

I’m thankful that God will forgive this man and the woman with whom he was involved. All God requires is a repentant heart. However, the damage and the devastation from this will not go away very quickly. May God help each one of us to be careful and be alert; our adversary the devil is seeking to devour anyone who is a Christian and who is trying to live a life free from sin.


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