I have a scar on my finger today that reminds me of something I did more than 40 years ago. I was 5 or 6 years old at the time. I was in the backyard of my grandfather's yard watching his dog, Bo chew on a pork chop bone. For some reason I decided to take the bone away from him. Bo expressed to me that he'd rather I not do that by growling first and then biting me when I failed to take the first hint. I ran into the house crying and bleeding looking for someone to care for my wound. My grandfather met me first. "What happened?" he asked. I told him. He then replied, "Don't do that!" I haven't.
Some of the situations people get themselves into may seem to them harmless at first. They may do things like hang out with the wrong crowd and go to the wrong places. They may rationalize this by saying, "As long as I didn't do anything wrong I don't see the problem." They may see themselves as the exception to the rule, "Play with fire and you'll get burned" or "Lie down with dogs and you'll get up with fleas." And gradually the sinful environment they've immersed themselves into begins to chip away at their resolve. Before long drunkenness is not that big of a deal, profanity is just words, and having sex with someone you're not married to is just for fun. At first they ignore the "growling" of the conscience and do what they do because that's what they want to do. Then sin all of a sudden bites and it leaves a scar. It leaves scars that remain even if you've repented and been forgiven. It leaves scars of unplanned pregnancies, abortions and changing the plans you had for your life. It leaves scars of drunken brawls, drunken drivers and death. It not only scars those who made the foolish decisions but also those who were simply unfortunate enough to meet them on the highway. Hear the Word of the Lord, I Corinthians 15:33... "Do not be fooled: bad friends will ruin good habits." (NCV)\
Psalm 119:63... "I am a friend to everyone who fears you. I am a friend to anyone who follows your orders." (NCV)
We can try later in life to cover the scars of the choices we've made. But wouldn't it be better to not get bit in the first place?