DayBreaks for 10/06/14 – What to Remember When We’ve Blown It (Again!)
1 John 1:9 (NLT) But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
Do you ever get so frustrated with you sinfulness that you are tempted to just give up, to think that there is no reason for you to continue to even try to be obedience and faithful any longer because yours has become a useless case? That you are a sinner beyond the reach of any hope?
Everyone I know who has ever tried to live the Christian life has felt that way at some point or another in their Christian walk. I know that I have. I’m willing to bet you have, too.
It is not a pleasant place to find oneself. We believe in a forgiving God, but we put limits on Him, based on our experience with other humans (who all have limits). We forget that God is not like us.
This Sunday morning during worship, I heard something that I think may be of profound benefit to us all when we are tempted to think that either we have finally done something to great that we cannot be forgiven, or that we have done something so many times that we have finally crossed the line in the sand of God’s forgiveness.
May I suggest that this is nothing more than a sense of idolatry? When we feel that way, we are making our weakness and sinfulness greater than God, as if we’ve finally done something bigger than God’s ability to deal with.
Here’s what I heard and I want to share with you today: When we are struggling with our sinfulness we need to be reminded Who He Is and not what we are. Our acceptance doesn’t depend on us pleasing Him, but on the fact that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross pleased Him.
Next time that you are feeling hopeless because of your sin, stopping thinking so much about your sin and how vast it may be….and remind yourself of who He is. And your sin, though serious, will be so small in comparison that you may find comfort for your soul.
Isaiah 1:18 (NLT) “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.
PRAYER: Eternal praises to the One who is greater than all our sinfulness and whose love and forgiveness are beyond measure! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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