Jesus is as disgusted by what sin does to you as He is by the sin itself.
We’re really good at hating sin. Whether it’s yours or somebody else’s, it’s easy to hate a specific sin. Basically, by hating sin, we’re just agreeing with God. But sometimes, we get so caught up in hating what God hates…murder, cheating, lying, gossip, abuse, etc…that we lose sight of the big picture. We often act like once the sin is gone, the problem is fixed. The reality, though, is that years of embracing sin leave a burned out shell of a person that needs much more than a 5 minute prayer. It takes much longer to rebuild a man than it does to destroy him.
If your coming out of years, a lifetime even, of sin, don’t expect restoration to come in a few weeks – or even months. Healing is exponentially proportional to dying.
There is no quick fix, no pill to take, no operation to undergo. The only solution to years of slavery to sin is years of surrender to Jesus.
Sin changes us in a fundamental way that goes far beyond the actual act. It changes the way we think, the way we relate to others and the way we plan for tomorrow. Healing is possible, restoration is possible, but it will take far longer than you wish.
So, when you’re frustrated with the timeline and when you wish things would just get better, remember these two things:
- It’s worth it. In the end, slow healing will always be better than instant gratification. As Ecclesiastes 7: says, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”
- The people around you need time to heal just as much as you do. So when you feel frustrated that people “still look at you funny” or “don’t trust you like they used to,” remember that your sin changed them just as much as it changed you. And return the gift of healing that you’re being given.