I have never met a perfect Christian, have you? Jesus was the only man that ever lived that did not sin. He was tempted in all points as ourselves but without sinning. The rest of us are imperfect (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise). But though we are “sinning saints”, we should be striving to become more like Jesus. We should love God with all our hearts and endeavor to please Him in everything we do and say.
The fact is that in the real world, we all still sin. Big time.
We fail ourselves, we fail in our relationships with others, and most importantly, we fail in our Christian testimony. But that doesn’t surprise our heavenly Father; He knows our weaknesses, and He is always willing to forgive us – no matter how grievous the sin. He says we can always run to Him and His throne of grace to receive more grace and mercy in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). He also says that if we honestly confess our sins, He is faithful and just to cleanse us, once again, of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). The blood of Jesus atones for past, present and future sins. God’s mercies are new every morning.
Keep moving forward.
So when we sin and fail as Christians, we need to honestly admit it to ourselves, confess it to God, and keep moving forward. Although we may understand this, many times we still have a hard time forgiving ourselves. Understand that you cannot change what has been done in the past. But you can change the future. Get up from your failures and get back in the race. Keep “pressing on” and moving upwards towards Christ and perfection.
“Dear brethren, I have not achieved it yet, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards perfection – the goal of winning the supreme prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14 (JCV)
Remember that God will never leave you nor forsake you. And, He will be faithful to complete the good work He has started in you. Do you believe that? Then be at peace. Be encouraged. God still loves you. Amen.
– Luis Yosefus
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