When I was a child, I learned I could get away with certain wrong behaviors. It began innocently with small lies, but as I became older, I realized that I could do many things and not suffer any serious consequences. I had entered a slippery slope. Smaller sins became larger and larger sins became even larger. Even after I became a Christian, my initial change in my behavior began to falter and I began to lapse back into these old habits. I was ashamed of failing so many times and I would desperately pray to God to help me and heal me. Yet, when I was faced with the same temptation, I would once again fail.
My defiant and flippant attitude toward God was because I never had the complete assurance in my life that Jesus Christ was my Lord and Savior. If I was truly convinced of the truth that the Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Romans, my life would have changed and I would have truly repented of my sins and turned toward Jesus Christ instead of continuing to wallow in my own sins, attempting to pull myself up by my own efforts. I kept insisting to myself that, “I could not change,” when in reality, I was telling myself, “I would not change.”
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)
If you are assured that nothing will ever separate you from the love of Jesus Christ, your life would reflect this truth. You would live, assured that God sees every action, knows every thought, and understands that in every situation we encounter, God would provide the strength to endure it and emerge victorious.
That is the promise of God and He sealed it with the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. There is no slippery slope to sin when you stand together with God.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.