I’m sure most of you have heard – if not have quoted before, “Once a cheater, Always a cheater!”   In a natural sense, I suppose there is some validity to this when you consider the number of people you personally know who’ve done it repeatedly.

However, I’d like to address this from a different angle.  Allow me to pose a few questions to you.

  • Is there anything too hard for God to change or undo?
  • Was God able to change you?
  • It may not have been cheating, but were there any habits in your life that others thought you’d NEVER let go that God delivered you from?

Here’s my point: I believe, as the Bible states, “With God all things are possible” (so even cheaters can change). However, having said that, surely the person must:

(1) Desire to change

(2) Submit that area to God to truly experience change and

(3) Make a conscious decision to walk out his or her deliverance daily!

Now – do I believe the temptation to cheat will still be there? Yes, of course I do.  This is no different from many of us whom God has delivered, yet we may still be tempted by the same ole’ things.   A couple of more questions to consider: should we judge someone on what they did prior to meeting us and is that fair?  I guess how we respond could have everything to do with what the person actually did.

The real challenge here is KNOWING that the person you’re interested in has sincerely changed.  Many have decided they are just not going to place themselves in that situation to SEE if a real change has occurred.  That decision is something you’ll have to work out with God, but I am soooo glad God doesn’t treat us that way!  Many of us are HABITUAL God Cheaters, but He still believes in us – and keeps giving chances.

Moral of the story… We all have a past. Not one single person reading this post has a perfect record, and for some today, it’s still a real struggle to stay on the straight and narrow.  If every person of interest we met saw our past, would we want him or her to walk away, or give us a chance? I thought so.

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