“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Rom. 8:1
Ever watched a baby learning to walk? First he learns to crawl. Then he learns to walk. He needs help along the way. He does plenty of falling, doesn’t he? And every time he falls, he stays down on the ground and spends hours and days and sometimes months and even years scolding and hating himself for falling, analyzing his falls, replaying them over and again in his head, babbling and moaning to others about the falls, and to himself of course, thinking of little other than the falls, and becoming so discouraged and disheartened he figures he might as well just stay on the ground and give up even bothering to try to learn to walk.
My friend, this is what some of us are prone to do in our journey learning to walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. We’re learning to walk with the Lord, to follow Him, to be in His intimate fellowship, to enjoy His company, to yield our hearts and lives to God and His ways. We’re learning to walk in His ways, in His love, and to honor, adore, please, praise, worship, seek, obey, serve, and worship Him.
But as we learn to walk with Him, some of us find ourselves consumed with ourselves and our falls. Discouraged. Disheartened. Replaying our sin over and again in our minds. Beating ourselves up mentally because of what we’ve done wrong. Feeling hopeless about ever have victory over our sins. Hating ourselves for falling again when we so wanted to please God.
We can find ourselves more focused on and discouraged over our falls than we’re focused on God and His ways and His company and blessedness. And we who follow Jesus can forget that we’re works in progress and in the process of being conformed by the Spirit of God through the Word of God to Christ as God grows us in His glorious ways and prepares us for eternity with Him.
What we need to do is learn when we fall to simply and swiftly seek and receive His forgiveness, stand back up, and joyfully and thankfully by His love, grace, mercy, wisdom, and strength move forward as His Spirit leads us. Forward. Not downward. Not backward. Upward we must look to the Lord. And forward walking with Him we must go. For His indescribably wonderful forever glory, YES!