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“A Void To Fill”

     I was sinning without knowing it until a few weeks ago when it was preached about at church.  Since then, I've turned away from that sin, but I feel like I miss it; I'm not being tempted, and don't feel I'm struggling to not commit it again, but I'm wondering if it's okay to miss a sin.

I Didn’t Mean To

Dear I Didn’t Mean To,

Anything that you do for a long period of time becomes a part of your life and routine, and it is totally normal to miss it when it is gone.  It isn’t abnormal to miss a sin once you remove it from your life – it would only be wrong if you returned to that sin and began to do it again.

Though you don’t feel that you will return to this sin, be on your guard (Gen 4:7).  Missing a sin can turn to longing, and soon you are right back to doing the wrong thing.  All sin begins in the mind (Jas 1:14-15).  Good for you for repenting of this sin and turning from it.