17 These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. 18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” (ESV)
WOW. So think about that for a minute….Verse 21 states something very scary. It says that “for it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness then after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment…” Like, wow. For those who turn away from the Lord, after being saved, or knowing the way of truth, it would have been better for them to have NEVER known about the Lord….WOW. It makes me pretty sad.
More recently I’ve been coming across verses like that, stating how…well, things like vs 21 says. And it’s saddening. It really makes my spirit sad. I’m not sure why I’ve been coming across these verses, but I can only assume it’s a God-thing. It’s really cool though because it’s showing me what to avoid and it brings people to mind. And I’ve been able to talk about these verses with them, and they really start to think…
So I’m not sure what God’s doing, but it’s pretty coool…
Oh, and as far as the people he brings to mind, I was praying for them and then turned to Job 6:14 which says: 14 “A despairing man should have the devotion of his friends,
even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.” (NIV)
When I read that I was like “uh, God…what do you want me to learn from this?” And after reading it again and again, I was just sort of taught that God wants me to love those people and be devote to them as friends, even though they might not be fearing the Lord. But then I was really confused. I’m like, “hold up God. If these people aren’t fearing you, should these be the people I’m devoted to as friends? I mean, just last week you were showing me how I need to be careful and watch my life, including my friends…Please explain!!!” And i just heard one word:WISDOM. So I guess I can be devoted to them as friends, but being wise as to how much time I spend with them and how I act and speak and all around them….tricky situation.
Anyway, I’m outta here!