The Blessing of Affliction
“Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” Luke 7:47
A large amount of Christians today have been rescued by God from such a deep pit of sin and have become very zealous in their faith with a supernatural love and appreciation for Jesus. Unfortunately sometimes it takes someone being at Hell’s door before they allow God to save them, but sometimes God allows it to get that way for a reason.
“To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 5:5
Sometimes with the way that the world is and the distractions of everyday life many people do not realize some of the sins that they are in. Because society paints many sins as “normal behavior” such as sexual immorality or recreational drunkenness or drug use, most people that claim to be Christians are not convicted with Godly sorrow and will keep on going through life without repenting from these sins. Sometimes these people have to hit rock bottom before they realize that they need a savior and it is a merciful thing for God to let them get in that DUI wreck or have that near death overdose experience and maybe even do some jail time. As bad as those things seem sometimes they are the “destruction of the flesh” after heeding to Satan’s temptations needed for a soul to be rescued, without it some people would just keep cruising through life and end up in Hell.
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Psalm 119:71
Unfortunately it does take affliction before many people will finally see the need for Jesus in their life and learn of Him. If your conversion story is this way, do not be ashamed. God loves you so much that He gave you free will to taste sin so close to the point of death but did not let you die. It was at that point that He rescued you and you are who you are in Christ today because of it, your testimony may be what is used to free others. Paul, the author of most of the New Testament, was a murderer of Christians and persecutor of the early church. God had to literally throw him off of his horse, blind him and speak to him to save him from his sin. You have a rough past? You are in good company.
“Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.” Psalm 119:67
“12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 1:12-14
The best thing is to learn about God and get serious about God now before it gets to the point where affliction comes due to sin. Most affliction can be avoided by simply reading the Bible regularly, repenting of sin and attending a Biblical and Holy Ghost filled church. We are not guaranteed or promised a season of affliction due to our sins where we can have time to cry out to God. A DUI wreck may lead to death instead of a totaled car and weekend in jail to realize you hit rock bottom. A drug overdose can instantly kill you instead of a last minute rescue and near death experience with time to reflect and seek the Lord. Every second we spend living in sin and not in Jesus Christ is gambling with our eternal souls.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23