Erin James was heading to her home in the Chicago area after staying out late on a Thursday night celebrating. Really late… as in after 2:00 a.m. Friday morning. At 58 years old, you would think that she was old enough to know better, but here she was anyway.
Then she saw the blue light. Busted! The policeman had pulled her over for speeding, but he began to question her sobriety. After testing her, he found his suspicions were confirmed. At 0.155 her blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. She was going to pay dearly for her night of celebration, and subsequent DUI. But what was she celebrating in the first place? She was celebrating that she had finally regained her driving privileges after a DUI arrest in 2012! I guess some people never learn.
Have you learned from your mistakes? Or do you gravitate right back to them the moment you’ve shaken yourself free. Peter warns of this in 2 Peter 2:20-22, “ For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.’"
So what’s the lesson here? Don’t bother trying to repent so you don’t fail and fall back into sin? No, of course not! The lesson is to take our previous sins seriously and be dedicated to avoiding their repeat at all cost. If we do stumble, then get back up quickly and continue trying.
You see, Erin James was not sorry for her crime. She was only sorry to be suffering the punishment for it. Repentance comes from appreciating the gravity of what we have done, and grieving the sin itself. So how about you? Have you grieved your sins and turned from them? Or will you never learn?