RECIDIVISM

MUSINGS – June 26 2018

RECIDIVISM

2 Peter 2:20-22
“People can know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and escape the world’s filth. But if they get involved in this filth again and give in to it, they are worse off than they were before. It would have been better for them never to have known the way of life that God approves of than to know it and turn their backs on the holy life God told them to live. These proverbs have come true for them: “A dog goes back to its vomit,” and “A sow that has been washed goes back to roll around in the mud.”

Recidivism is Latin for “I fall again”
It is the act of a person repeating an undesirable behavior after they have either experienced negative consequences of that behavior, or have been trained to extinguish that behavior. It is also used to refer to the percentage of former prisoners who are rearrested for a similar offense.

There are as many reasons that people commit these self destructive acts as there are people.

Some people, when under stress, return to familiar patterns of behavior … even though they know they are wrong.

Some return to their old sins because they found them pleasurable: for example drug use it sexual perversion.

The devil hates to loose. Once he has had you, and you escape, he tries twice as hard to get you back.

Jesus had this to say,
“When an evil spirit comes out of a person, it goes through dry places looking for a place to rest. But it doesn’t find any. Then it says, ‘I’ll go back to the home I left.’ When it comes, it finds the house swept clean and in order. Then the spirit goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself. They enter and take up permanent residence there. In the end the condition of that person is worse than it was before.” (Luke 11:24-26)

Once Jesus has cleaned your soul, you must guard it and fill it with the word of God to keep it clean.

Watch your steps so that you do not fall again.

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams

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