When a backslidden Christian repents, God graciously forgives and fellowship is restored. But this fact does not suspend the principle of sowing and reaping. The notion that everything will automatically fall into line just because we are forgiven is dangerous and may lead to presuming upon God. All things are not made new again just by shedding a few tears and turning over what's left to the Lord. We still have to live with the consequences. God will forgive when we've sown amiss, but the harvest of sorrow we cannot miss.

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