Isaiah 21:2 KJV
A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.
Many years ago I heard a pastor say that, while he could not prove it Biblically, he believed that people will be trapped in all eternity in the same place they were in when they finished life.
The envious will be trapped with the spirit of envy
The angry will be trapped in anger
The stingy will be trapped in that same spirit eternally
He went on to say that He believed
Those who were givers will be giving eternally
Those that were cheerful will be cheerful eternally and
This verse is not a proof of his assertion but it does tell us that a tree always produces it own manner of fruit.
The treacherous dealer does what is natural for him, he deals treacherously
The spoiler does what a spoiler would do; he spoils
I have observed this truth in men
Those who are given to anger get angry
Those who are given to gossip, will gossip
Those who are problem causers cause problems
It might be that for a time they put on a different face and appear to have changed their ways
It might be they have excuses for why they have done what they have done in the past and they convince us they will not do it again....
But it never fails
Those who are quitters eventually quit
Those who are complainers eventually complain
Those who are thieves eventually steal
Those who are adulterers eventually offend
It is their nature.
It is who they are.
And their is only one hope; they must confront their very nature. They can't coddle it, and neither can they allow others to coddle it with them. They can't excuse it, hide from it or find a new place to begin again. Unless they confront their nature and slay it in Jesus Christ, they will only do what is natural for their nature to do.
Sighing won't help
Apologies won't do it
Only one thing will work; the sin nature must be besieged, starved out and destroyed.