HANDLING SHORTCOMINGS

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“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

Eph 1:7

 

There are two mistakes you can make when you sin as a Christian. One is to be unrepentant, using grace as the reason why it doesn’t matter. The other is to wallow in condemnation, so much so that you lack the confidence to accept that you’re forgiven. The solution is in the balance between the two. It is not something we are trying to balance. It is what the bible teaches.

 

We will start by what is referred to as Gutsy Guilt. See what the bible says in Micah 7:8: “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.” When you sin, you should be sad about what you have done, admitting that such a thing is not consistent with your nature. But it is also important that you are comforted to know that you’re forgiven, that your sin is paid for. If your child does something wrong, you would expect him to be sorry, but not to the point of going to live under the bridge. When you do wrong, feel sorry, but not condemned. More importantly, remember that you were forgiven before you even sinned.

1Jn 2:12: “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake”.

 

Col 1:14: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

 

1Jn 2:1: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”

 

1Jn 2:2: “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

 

The place of fellowship can also not be overemphasized.  If you keep staying away from good Christian fellowship, and keeping the wrong company, those shortcomings will soon become a normal part of your life. Don’t deceive yourself; bad company corrupts good manners.

 

Another thing you must do is insist on the word of God.  God’s word says that his Spirit lives in you, quickening your mortal body. It says you’re no longer a slave to sin. Don’t just go to sleep crying over your short comings. A man who has the Holy Ghost is empowered to live above sin. Stick with this truth until it becomes your reality.

 

SAY THIS: I am empowered to live above sin. I do not wallow in condemnation when I err, neither do I overlook my mistake. I understand the balance.

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