For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 2 Peter 1:9
Being a diabetic, I am very aware that blindness is a possible outcome if the disease is not kept in check. Evidently, such blindness does not happen over night, but over long periods of time. The damage begins little by little and eventually does irreparable damage to the eyes. As you can guess, I do not wish to go blind! So, I do all I can with medication, exercise and diet to keep my blood sugars at a controlled level.
‘Going blind’ because of any health issue, is certainly not nice. But more importantly, ‘going spiritually blind’ is something more serious.
When we think of spiritual blindness we often associate that with how a person is spiritually, before they come to faith in Jesus Christ. This is correct but did you know believers can become spiritually blind? Not blind so that he/she is lost and needs salvation, but spiritually ineffective and useless for God’s praise and glory.
Sad to say there are too many Christians who have ‘gone blind! Blind to the truth of God’s Word in how they should live for the glory of God. I like what came across my F.B. page the other day: “You know you have gone blind when you can see nothing wrong with something God has called sin.”
The apostle Peter gives the needed remedy against developing this kind of blindness. We are to make every effort to supplement our faith in Christ with virtues of moral excellence, knowledge of God, self - control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love (2Pet. 1:6-7)
We must pursue this holy walk with diligence, otherwise we will loose sight of the sin that we were saved from. We will be spiritually blind and no use to God, ourselves and those around us.