Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit,and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
This is a problematic passage, especially for those of us who worry about our day to day witness. I think the best advice I've ever gotten on this issue was, "If you're worried, you're ok., if you're not, you should be." Better advice might be that if I'm striving to take the Word of God into my heart and obey Him, I'm on the right road, The King's Highway. And that's all I need to concern myself about.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 60
Evening: Psalm 136
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