So you’ve sinned again and Satan is keeping a tally chart
How often do you believe that each time you fail in your effort to confess and almost immediately fall again? These are the words that the devil will throw at you each time the temptation to repeat your favorite sin occurs.
Unfortunately we are made of many emotions, weaknesses, and attributes that don’t always allow a life that is without failure. Fortunately we have the Sacrament of Reconciliation that not only forgives our serious sins, it also hands us Sacramental Grace which in itself we all need for a spiritual adherence as God’s children.
Repeating some notations from a previous article titled; Rejecting God when we sin! “Go ahead; you’ve sinned, not once but numerous times, since you were forgiven previously, and the thought enters your mind saying; Oh now you think you can sit down and pray while the residue of your sin remains uppermost in the corners of your conscience and you think God will overlook the incident! Where does this come from?
Well that’s exactly what the devil will put before any of us when we fail and places a guilt complex upon our feelings. How does he accomplish this? The words of “now that you once again repeat your failure you will kneel and ask for forgiveness and make an irony of God’s mercy on you.” There is most certainly a subtle manner he uses to lead us into temptation then promotes the veil of evil to enhance our weakness and immediately after failure occurs reminds us of the mockery we use to seek the forgiveness of God.
The number one player in all this is satan. He knows our weakness and pushes all the ramifications upon us with the temptation through thoughts or physical means to accomplish his attack on us. Then immediately after our failure he accuses us of falling away from God’s graces. Each time we go through this scenario the results are always the same.
“Even the just man falls seven times and rises again.” (Proverbs 24: 16). taken from the previous article. “Without becoming too blatant, in my opinion, one cannot just continue to flaunt themselves at God thinking I’ll purposely sin and then seek his forgiveness. There is such a thing as testing God to see what he’ll do and that in itself can become a blatant contradiction. However, remember how Jesus responded to Peter when he asked; “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” (Mt. 18: 21 - 22). Also taken from the previous article.
I believe that not too long since we celebrated the Resurrection of Christ which was a solid reassurance of Jesus dying and rising for sinners we can do no less than to feel a release from the grip of death through our own sins. Sin is an evil that has entered the world and the devil would love no more than to tell us how evil we are when we sin, and God is not happy with us. Jesus died for you and me and the Risen Christ is with us even when we sin. He waits for our call to forgive each of us.
Ralph B. Hathaway , So you’ve sinned again!