I was watching an episode of “Hoarders” the other day. I find it interesting how so much stuff could be packed into a house and seemingly not bother someone. I say ‘seemingly’. In a way, I guess it does. Most simply feel trapped, beyond help and that they cannot change. But they didn’t become massive hoarders overnight. They started collecting a few things and it grew and grew. It will take time and dealing with several emotions to get things back down to a manageable level. But even after everything is cleared and the house is sanitary and habitable again, does that mean the tendency to hoard is completely eliminated. One of the experts on the show said this, “The compulsion doesn’t go away. They will always have to deal with that.”
It causes me to look at my own life. The sin nature, even after we are set free through Christ, doesn’t go away. We are free from condemnation, sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). But we still struggle with sin; and, many times, it’s the same sin over and over.