My Sin, His Grace
January 24, 2017
As you and I trek through this life, we will make mistakes and bad decisions along the way that is an absolute. We will go through adversity and times of testing and because we are human, we will stumble and fall into various temptations. However, I say this not to justify ourselves or buy into an idea that we somehow can’t help ourselves to sin. But you and I are sinful beings, we have this flesh (our selfish inner man) that wants everything that this world has to offer. It wants everything the world is run by such as: lust, money, power, greed, covetousness, pride, disobedience, idolatry (lover of things or materials rather than lovers of God), etc. This sinful nature that lives inside will bring us to utter destruction if it’s not under the control of the Spirit of God, and that is not what God wants for our lives.
You see, sin is anything that opposes or goes against the Law of God. According to 1 John 3:4, sin is lawlessness and those who live out an ongoing sinful lifestyle are practicing lawlessness. The Law that was written to the people of Israel to teach them how to live or conduct their lives in (Exodus 20:3-17) was not just for the people back then. These laws are still used to guide our lives today. God gave those laws to Moses to give to the people not because God was interested in controlling people with a list of ” Do’s and Don’ts”, but rather He was interested in them living out lives that would be blessed. He didn’t want His people to live a life that was causing them to hurt themselves or perhaps breaking the relationship between Himself and His people.
So, then the same applies to you and I today. You and I are created by God to love Him and honor Him with our lives. You don’t have to be from Israel to have Gods blessing on your life. He wants His best for our lives just as much as He wanted it for the people of Israel. When we make the decision to sin, we ultimately separate ourselves from God (Isaiah 59:2). We are all sinners “believers and unbelievers alike” and are not able to follow every single one of the commandments or the Law of God. We have all sinned against God and there isn’t a person in this world who is blameless (Romans 3:23). In fact, Paul the man who is revered and considered to be the most inspired missionary/evangelist of the world, and the author of half of the New Testament in the Bible, even seen himself as the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:14-16). So, God knew back then in the Old Testament that we needed help and He still knows that we as a people are in dire need of His help today. He understands what we go through everyday and is familiar with our struggles. He loves us so much that is why He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins.
We have to understand and let this sink deep down into our hearts, that He paid our ransom with the blood of His Son on the cross. You and I don’t deserve what He did for us or the price that He paid. No, we deserve death, but out of His great love and sovereign mercy He decided that He would pay the price instead of us (Romans 5:8). I want you to think of this, every evil act that anyone has ever committed in the past or will ever commit in the future was placed on Jesus at the cross. Every sinful act that you have committed in the past or in the future was also placed upon the shoulders of Jesus Christ there on the cross. He gave His life freely on the cross to give you and I eternal life (Roman 6: 23). It’s up to us to accept this gift of eternal life. God loves every single person in this world (John 3:16-17), He doesn’t want anyone to reject the gift of His Son’s forgiveness in their lives. There is not a person who has committed a sin that was so bad that He or She could not be forgiven. The only sin that we can commit that Christ cannot forgive, is choosing to not accept His forgiveness in our lives (John 3:18-20, John 3:36). God loves everyone, but not everyone loves God. He wants His best for our lives and His best is for us to stay in a right relationship with Him. But many who are reading this may not even have a relationship with the Lord Jesus. You can have that relationship with Him right now. He knows of your sin and He doesn’t condemn you of your sin, but you have to acknowledge that sin that you have committed, and acknowledge that Christ died on the cross for you sin, then ask Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sin and to come into your life and help you to live the way that He wants you to live. If you call upon the name of the Lord Jesus you will be saved (Acts 2:21). He wants to save you from your sin, but you have to accept this gift.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ wants us to live the best lives that we can. He understands that we are imperfect people and we will fall into temptation and sin, but again that’s exactly why He died for us, because we’re not capable of being perfect or without sin. However, when we do sin we can’t keep living our lives like nothing ever happened.We have to ask God to forgive us of our sin so that we can be forgiven and move forward again in a right relationship Him. Also, we have to prioritize it in our lives to know Him more and more each day by reading His Word, having fellowship with other believers, praying, and attending a Bible believing church. When we decide to make these things our priority, we will know Jesus more and have a better chance to overcome temptation and sin, and the love of God will compel us to be more loving and compassionate, and will will be more like Him and see the world through His eyes and not of our own. Moreover, you and I will be able to trek through life under the blessing of all Mighty God.