I do not believe, like some believe, that you lose your salvation immediately when you sin (That was the sauteriological difference I have with Jesse Morrell).
King David wrote:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
!!! Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. !!!”
– Psalm 51:10-11 (NKJV, emphasis mine)
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things”
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 (NKJV)If you make a fight with your wife over whatever (representing sin)… that doesn’t make you already divorced (representing having lost salvation). Before the evening is over, you might make it up to her (representing repentance and confession). But if you keep on fighting without trying to make it good (representing sinful habit, sin after sin or just one sin without repentance), she might eventually try to divorce you (losing salvation). Before she divorces you, you are her husband and she is your wife (representing salvation) I think it is the same with God. We are made in His image and we can learn a lot from the love between a man and a woman.
‘Poor wandering soul, have you fallen by the wayside? Have you become a wayward sheep? Have you wandered from the fold? Are you tossed about, wounded, sick and sore? Do you desire to come back again to the Shepherd’s care? Come now, right now, while the throb of passion is still beating high, while the deed of shame is recent; while the blot of sin is still wet; come now, say,
Quick, “waiting not,” I flee to Thee again;
Close to the wound, beloved Lord, I press,
That Thine own precious blood may overflow the stain.
I ask not only pardon from my King,
But cleansing from my Priest, I come to Thee,
Just as I came at first—a sinful, helpless thing.
For evening shadows and a silent hour:
Now I have sinned, and now with no delay,
I claim Thy promise and its total power.
And keep me always ‘neath the mighty flow
Of Thy perpetual fountain, I implore
That Thy perpetual cleansing I may fully know.
Source: William Evans, The Shepherd Psalm, “He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”, The Gentleness of The Shepherd, p 37-38 (1921).