If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
In one way it was so easy…the other…so hard. Recently, I started riding my bike again. I’ve been walking for quite a while…actually since I was about two. Just kidding…not that kind of walking…the exercise kind. Ever since I fell way out of love with any sort of running, walking has been my go-to exercise. I’m pretty good at it too. I can still “pick ‘em up and put ‘em down.” I usually walk a mile in about fourteen and a half minutes…which isn’t half bad.
They say it is good to change up your exercise routine, so I pulled out my trusty, older Diamondback bike, aired up the tires and started riding again. My bike may be a couple of decades old, but she is still a good riding machine. I knew, in spite of my regular walking, that biking was going to be a little challenging. The reason? Different muscles. The muscles you use to walk and the ones you use to pedal are totally different. So, I could definitely feel the pain…especially going uphill.
While Harrisburg doesn’t have any real hills, we definitely have some uphill grades and my legs let me know right away when I was there. I usually do an out and back which means going out I can coast down the hill but coming back seven miles later it is ouch city. By the time I reach the top of “the hill” my heart rate has jumped, and my legs are feeling the burn. Isn’t that funny…same road but different direction with dramatically different results. Remember, it is always easier to go downhill than up. Always.
The other day I was thinking about that principle when it occurred to me how true it is when it comes to sin and repentance. The road to sin (you know the stuff that God says not to do) is always downhill. It is way too easy to coast right into a mess and the longer you ride…the bigger the mess. So, let’s say you decide enough is enough and you decide to turn around. Yup, the uphill ride to repentance is never as easy as the ride out was. Gratefully, God is always there to help you home, but it still takes His power and our will power to stay on course.
Someone said that no matter how far we walk away from God, the road home is just one step…the first one. That is so true, but we still must feed the determination to stay the course because that downhill slope is oh so enticing. But He is there if we are willing to ask. Me and a bunch of other imperfect people are oh so grateful for 1 John 1:9 which says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That is such good news. It’s great to know that His grace will be waiting on us to carry us home. Always, and I do mean always, He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne