The first snow of the season has come and gone. Although most of it has melted, looking out at the trees and evergreen shrubs, you can still see snow in the branches and leaves where the sun has not reached it and it’s not warm enough to completely melt it.
While it gives sort of a pleasing appearance to the onlooker, it also leaves a memory of what happened. It snowed. You can still tell.
Sin is that way. We fight to overcome a temptation, a trial, a situation that we know is wrong, and we finally get through it with God’s help. But sometimes it leaves evidence of what happened. Sometimes there are traces left, scars or marks that are a result of the battle. But by asking the Son to minister to us, letting the Light of Jesus continue to shine on our life, we are able to bear those scars and marks in a way that is worthy of Him.
Sin always has consequences. Forgiveness, faith, and the Love of Christ have greater consequences. Though the marks and scars of sin may be with us all of our lives on earth, the Salvation of Jesus, His love, grace, and mercy carries us through this life and into Eternity.
All we need to do is ask, repent, accept, believe, and trust.
And one day the marks of sin will disappear. The battle wounds of the faithful will be worn as badges, reminders that we kept the faith, we persevered, we kept on for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom.
Paul told the Corinthians (chapter 4):
8We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—
Don’t give up the fight. Stay in the battle. Lock arms with your brothers and sisters in Christ and stand your ground.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:
13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—