DO WE NEED TO GO BACK THAT WE MAY GO FORWARD?

All of us, at least once in our lives, must look back that we may go forward, if we live to the age of accountability.  Deuteronomy 1:39.

1.  We must look back over our lives and see that we have sinned against God. Isa.59:2.  We must obey the gospel to start on our forward journey to heaven as Christians.  Matt. 28:18-20; Matt. 10:32-33; Acts 2:38; Rom. 10:9,10; Gal.3:26-27.

2.  We may have to look back to our first marriage or mate, that is, back to the point where the vow was Scripturally broken and make the necessary repentance before we can continue in the grace of God toward eternity with Him.  Matt. 5:32; 19:3-9; 1 Cor. 7:39.  This may mean we have to live singly till we die!

3.   We may have to go back to the point of sin that separated us from God.   Any sin that we have not and or will not repent of is an eternal sin.  Unforgiven sin stops forward progress with God.  It may mean we go back before the church and confess and repent of drunkenness, adultery, failing to give as God has prospered us, etc.   Sin must be forgiven or punished.  1 John 5:16.

4.  All Christians who have departed from the Scriptures will have to return to the Book!   We may have digressed with this ism or that ism.  Thus, confession and repentance are necessary to have the “green light” of God’s grace.  Acts 8:22; 1 Cor.6:1l; Col. 3:6,7.

5.  We may have to look back and say to a brother or sister in Christ, “I am sorry and please forgive me,” before we can move onward for Christ.  Matt. 5:23-24; 18:15-18; Gal. 6:1.

To commit sin is bad, but to harden our hearts and refuse to correct it, is infinitely worse.   So a backward look may well declare where we will spend our eternal future.  Matt. 7:21-23.

Bill Graddy

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