Have you ever found yourself in that situation you warned everyone else against? You were aware of what you were getting into, you knew it was wrong, but just never realized where it would take you.
Then guilt, shame and regret made you see yourself for what you had done and just then, you concluded you couldn’t be any better…
Does this sound familiar?
This is the state many christians find themselves after falling into a sin they purposefully committed or never thought they could commit without realizing the consequences.
When this is done, you feel like you’ve failed GOD, and shame and regret does a great job in keeping you away from reconciling with your maker thereby keeping you in a place of guilt and condemnation.
Shame, regret, guilt and condemnation are agents the devil uses to hinder us from seeing Mercy beckoning unto us the moment we fall into sin. Shame is quick to show you your sinful image and this causes you to Regret your actions, then you think of the possibility of Mercy but Guilt is quick to tell you you’re not worth it.
Then you begin to live in the dimension of not being worthy of mercy, a life of condemnation.
Exactly where the devil wants you, so he can lead you to damnation.
Trials and temptations are bound to come our way at one point or the other in our eveyday lives. That you made the wrong decision and fell into sin should not be the end of your christian race. Redemption is made available for you through the Blood of JESUS.
Lets look at the sins committed by two of JESUS’ disciples, Judas and Peter and learn from their mistakes.
Judas betrayed JESUS (Matthew 26: 14- 16), he sinned. He didn’t realize the gravity of what he had done until he saw JESUS taken away that night. Matthew 27: 3- 5 says:
- “Then Judas, which betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
- “Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
- And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”
Judas repented and retuned the money but he could not be saved from the sin he had committed. Why? You may want to ask. Because Judas initially gave away his Salvation for 30 pieces of silver without knowing and lost his soul forever.
JESUS is the salvation of the whole world. For Him to have become that, he had to die so His blood can be shed for the atonement of sin. For HIM to die, He had to be betayed by someone and that someone had to trade Jesus on the platform of betrayal. The only way Judas could have been saved from sin was if he had access to JESUS the one through which we are saved, but he gave Him away.
Many of us like to think that Judas Iscariot’s case was a special one because JESUS said in Matthew 26: 24 that:
“The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born.”
Let us take note that JESUS did not say woe unto Judas but woe unto “that man”. Judas chose to be “that man”. Every move he made before (Matthew 26: 14-16) and after (Matthew26: 47-49) JESUS’ statement was intentional.
God created man with a free will and a conscience. Man has the free will to decide to do good or evil but also has a conscience to guide our decisions and keep us from wrong doing.
Many christians have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God but unlike Judas, salvation is available for you.
Peter on the other hand, was one of the closest disciples to JESUS. From what we read about him in scriptures, he was faithful and loyal but he still sinned. JESUS told him in Matthew 26: 34,
“Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That This night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.”
Peter replied in verse 35 saying,
“Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.”
Peter could not bring himself to comprehend the fact that he could deny Jesus, thats why he made that statement. He was so confident in his devotion to Jesus that he thought devotion could hold him strong in the storm of temptation but he was wrong. The Bible, in 1Corinthians 10:12, tells us,
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”
Peter, that same night, did exactly what JESUS said he would. Matthew 26: 69-75
“Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.”
He fell into sin and the moment he realised he became ashamed of Himself. He must have gone through all the processes mentioned above but the difference between Peter and Judas was Salvation.
Peter had the opportunity to be saved because he had access to JESUS after he had shed his blood as atonement for sin.
Like Peter, you also have access to Salvation through JESUS. Don’t be decieved that you’re not worth it and key into it because you were, are and will be worth it. That the reason JESUS paid the price for atonement for sin in the first place. His life for a new life you can live in. So you dont end up in damnation.
Dont be Judas when you can be Peter.
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