The Downward Spiral

Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”—John 5:14

It's often not until too late that we realize the compounded impact of bad choices. Frequently there is a delay between bad behavior and human consequences. Because of this delay, we repeat "unsuspecting" bad behavior thinking we've gotten away with it—when we haven't. What is especially dangerous is realizing too late that the drive that has led to success in one context is amplified in the "manner" which we sin. As men, we must give attention to this, as it leads to momentum in the wrong direction.

In the past two weeks, A.B. and his behavior have been center stage. While nothing short of a legend on the field, what is center stage today is not his athletic ability, it's everything from front office conflict, backroom discussions, contracts, trades, heckling Instagram celebrations, Twitter stabs, and now allegations made by a woman he met in a college bible study.

Two thoughts:

  1. A.B., as your brother in Christ, please do everything you can to stop the downward spiral. You are given an opportunity that most men never get. You are granted a stage on which you can provide evidence for our faith through your play on and off the field.
  2. No good friend, brother, or Christian would let a man continue a downward spiral. When you see this happening in a man's life, say something. If not for their sake, and for the sake of their fantasy team. Sorry, I had to say it. ;)

DO THIS: Stop the downward spiral.

PRAYER: God, give me the courage to confront sin in my life and others I know.

CHALLENGE: Tackle Defeating Repetitive Sin in your small group and stop the downward spiral before it starts.

Be a brother and share this with a friend.

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