Think of the way dominoes fall after they’re lined up. It does not matter how much time you have spent lining them up. If one of them falls backwards, it causes all the hard work you’ve already done to fall.
It is very easy to focus on ourselves and our well being. We think first of our relationship with God without giving thought to those that are around us. But when we think of our own sins, we need to recognize how they affect not only our walk with Christ, but also the people whose lives touch ours. Just like the way dominoes fall, our actions impact our loved ones, our communities and our churches.
The Lord’s purpose is not to shame us. He wants us to repent and to completely change the direction of our thinking so we can receive His peace and spread His love to others.