Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more kindness and forgiveness? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? (Romans 6:1-2)
The story is told of two hunters who got a pilot to fly them into the far north for elk hunting. They were quite successful in their venture and bagged six big bucks. The pilot came back, as arranged, to pick them up. They started loading their gear into the plane, including the six elk.
The pilot objected and said, "The plane can only carry four of your elk. Any more than that would weigh the plane down too much. You'll have to leave two of the elk behind."
The two hunters were both infuriated and insistent. They said, "Last year, we shot six elk and that pilot let us put them all on board. And that plane was the exact same model."
Reluctantly, the pilot finally permitted them to put all six aboard. But about fifteen minutes after taking off, the engine started to sputter, and within seconds they were hurtling to the ground and crashed into the wilderness.
Climbing out of the wreckage, one hunter said to the other, "Do you know where we are?"
"I think so," replied the other hunter. "I think this is about a mile from where we crashed last year!"
We're mighty slow to learn at times. We make a mistake and you would think we would learn never to make that mistake again. However, we often find ourselves right back where we were in the same mess. We think, "This time it will be different. This time it won't end up the same way." But it often does end up the same way. Hopefully, we eventually reach a level of maturity where we can learn from our mistakes.
And the apostle Paul wrote, "The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:9).
Made any mistakes lately? Thanks to Christ, it doesn't have to be the end of the world. But may you learn from them as you grow closer to God.