“At a time when you did not know God, you became slaves to things that by nature are not gods; but now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and destitute elemental powers? Do you want to be slaves to them all over again?” (Galatians 4:8-9)
We all have a past. Our past is littered with sin and unrighteousness. There is not one of us born without the stain of original sin and not one of us has managed to avoid adding to that tarnish with our own choices and actions. We have all been enslaved to the sins of this world and the bondage of Satan and his lies of unrighteousness and deceit.
St. Paul warns, in his letter to the Galatians, that we have been set free from sin, but we are to guard that freedom. We are to remember the bondage to which we were held captive and the freedom for which we are granted. The freedom which we live can be neglected and abused. We can still go back to our chains of sin if we forget our own past. Satan never gives up and is always seeking to cause us to fall back into the snares of worldly temptations. He is always pursuing us and is blood thirsty for our soul.
Sin is not a simple “white lie” that is harmless. Sin is never harmless. It tears at our soul, it pulls at our life, and it eventually will shackle us with the sins of unrighteousness and immorality that ends in eternal damnation. Satan wants to destroy you because God loves you. He hates God so much that he is seeking to eliminate and ruin anything the Lord loves.
The world offers us a lot of things. It dangles the desire of wealth, the enticement of notoriety, the lure of lust, the appeal of greed, the satisfaction of unforgiveness, and the taste of success. Satan is a master at putting a carrot in front of our eyes and hoping we will bite. All of us, many times, have bitten the carrot that looked so delicious. We quickly discovered it was not that it appeared. Remembering where we came from will always walk us toward the path that led to our release. Viewing life through the lens of our freedom will always remind us where we came from and where we never want to go again.