All of us can pretty much agree that we’re sinners. And, as I said in my first blog post, the fact that we’re human is no excuse. We have no excuse. The Bible says so. But there’s another side of the coin to deal with.
Of the people who know me well enough to tell me how their relationship with Christ is going, about half of them act like they’re reaching near-depression levels when they’ve been struggling with sin lately. They break down and start crying, they think of themselves as the worst people in the world, and they really just can’t seem to get over what they did last week or yesterday or whenever it was.
Why this response? There is literally no reason to behave like this after we feel convicted. Should we feel bad about sin? Yes. After all, cursed are the ones who can’t abide in the law of the Lord.
But come on! The devil uses that against people all the time! He is notorious for using someone’s past to turn them away from the Lord and make them feel like they aren’t good enough for a relationship for the Lord.
The truth is, we AREN’T good enough for a relationship with the Lord, but that’s only half the story. The Lord chooses to forgive us every time we sin as long as we are under His blood. We honestly don’t even have to ask for forgiveness, just confess our sin to Him. Heck, that isn’t even necessary, since he forgives us on the spot, but it helps repair the relationship when we confess.
So, essentially, once it’s off our chest, we don’t need to worry about it anymore. If you’re constantly lost in guilt you’ll never move forward. And when it comes to the Lord, if you aren’t moving forward, you’re moving backward. It’s a vicious cycle of sin, which causes you to feel guilt, which causes you to sin. YOU NEED TO MOVE ON! You need to stop letting sin affect you and start letting the forgiveness of Christ affect you! Chill the frigg out! The Lord has taken care of it! Just learn from your mistakes and be happy again! I guarantee you the Lord isn’t going to hold your sin over you, so don’t hold it over yourself!