Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. – Song of Solomon 2:15 (NIV)
Have you ever read a Bible story and saw one of the characters mess up in a big way? It’s easy to read those stories and think, you’d be immune from their mistakes. You figure that if God spoke to you or if an angel appeared to you, you’d never make the mistakes they did. However, a lot of the time, the big mistakes and failures in character didn’t start big. They started as small decisions.
Maybe the Bible character started by just hanging around the wrong people. Perhaps they began by not being completely honest. Usually, big sin doesn’t start big. It starts as a small choice or a small compromise. Those small compromises over time lead to big failures in character.
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The same is true in your life. You don’t get trapped into big sin by one crazy huge mess up. It’s the small things, the little foxes that ruin you. You might choose to watch some movies that are just a little provocative on Netflix. Then over time, that small compromise along with other compromises leads you to realize that you’re addicted to porn. Sin starts small. Begin to pay attention to the compromises you make each day. Are those decisions leading you toward the life and character that you want for your future? Determine today to be a person of character in the things you think, say and do.