Once, over the summer in grade school I picked up the word ain’t. I adopted it with relish like it was a shiny penny and used it at every opportunity. Finally my older sister told me that ain’t was not a word, at least not a proper one. I told her she was dead wrong but it did put doubt in my mind.
When school started again in the fall I found out very quickly that ain’t was not acceptable and I was left with a bad habit very hard to break. With extreme effort I did break it because the approval of the teachers meant more to me than the word.
I was thinking about this in relation to sin. How easy it is to pick up and then how hard to break. Once we have mastered some sin as a habit, undoing it is like trying to paddle upstream. Still it can be done. In the case of sin it MUST be done.
After all, whose approval do you want? Satan fully approves of you continuing and he’ll take the trouble to throw any stones he can into attempts to quit. The world approves too. Sure, those stuck in the same sin want continued company.
But what if you want the approval of someone else? “His mouth is full of sweetness. And he is wholly desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend.” (Song of Solomon 5:16) What if your beloved sin separates you from your beloved God?
Is continuing really worth it? Ain’t no way!