Life in Christ
Have you ever made a mistake and began to feel condemned or guilty? Romans 8:1 says that there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus. Are we ever going to walk in this life perfectly once we get saved, born again, and filled with the Holy Spirit? No! Jesus was the only perfect and sinless one that will ever live. We all fall short of the glory of God according to Romans 3:23. 1 John 2:1 says” My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. BUT if anyone sins, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.” It’s very evident that we have the ability and free will to yield to sin or not. Ephesians 4:27 says to give no foothold or place to the devil.
Let’s look at an example. When someone says something rude to you, at that moment that devil who is a liar, and a thief will come and put thoughts in your mind of “how could that person speak to you that way, show them who’s boss,” or you can yield to the Holy Spirit who will tell you to “walk in love and meekness.” You have a choice and if you do decide to get angry and tell them where to go, you have just yielded your mind and your flesh to sin. We have all done it and that’s why I am so thankful for the Blood of Jesus Christ. I am thankful that He went to the Cross for our sins that we would ever commit, past present, and future (Hebrews 10:20).
1 John 1:8 also tells us that when we sin and we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness or wickedness.” It’s very important that when we do make a mistake and sin we are very quick to ask God for His forgiveness and to repent or turn away from that evil act. The reason I want to bring this up is that sin is anything that is contrary to the Word of God.
Don’t get so hung up on how many sins you have committed in a day because that’s called a sin consciousness and as a man thinks in his heart so he becomes - so let’s deviate from that! Let the Holy Spirit guide you and lead you into all the truth and in His righteousness (John 16:13). Put on Christ (Galatians 3:27). Be aware that you have an adversary - the devil who is seeking to destroy and get you to yield to his ways and his thoughts. We are called to humble ourselves before God and resist the devil and his cohorts and he will flee (James 4:7)
One final thought. Don’t condemn yourself for making mistakes. It’s very easy to say hurtful things to yourself and that you should’ve known better but that voice is not from God. God leads, guides, and corrects, not condemns. 1 John 3:20 says that “even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings and He knows everything.” How powerful is that? God knows your intentions and your heart position. If it is always faced towards Him, then even when you make a mistake, you will get back up, ask for forgiveness and keep it moving. Believe that God is NOT condemning you and receive His direction right now, in Jesus’ name, amen!