Sorry I didn’t send these along earlier in the week. See you in the morning!
Burning Questions: I’m a Christian but I still sin…what’s wrong with me?
When Jesus sees your sin, He doesn’t condemn you; He says, “I can help with that.”
Week 1:Would a loving God really send someone to Hell?
Week 2:Do you actually believe the Bible is true?
Today’s question: I’m a Christian but I still sin…what’s wrong with me?
Why this question?-We are ALL sinners. We talked about that in the first week of the series, and it’s true. The Bible says, each and every one of us sins.-The good news is, through Jesus, we can be forgiven. But even after we are forgiven, struggling with sin makes many believers doubt…doubt themselves or even doubt God.-Some question whether they are really a Christian, others may feel constant guilt and shame that God is disappointed, even angry with them.-We must understand clearly what the Bible says about this question so we can experience victory and joy in our lives.
So what do we do when we sin? How do you face your own sin?
That’s really the important question we must answer.
1 John 1:8-9NIV
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Here we see an incredible promise with a condition.-What is our part? “If we confess our sins” (verse 9)-What is the promise? He forgives!-There is one more part to the promise: he longs to purify us from all unrighteousness.
“I’m a Christian but I still sin…what’s wrong with me?”-The answer is “NOTHING.” There’s nothing wrong with you.-Here’s what WOULD be wrong: to entertain sin, to dabble in it, to accept it as “normal” or to believe that God winks at it. Living this way would be to make grace cheap.
Bottom Line:When Jesus sees your sin, He doesn’t condemn you;He says, “I can help with that.”
As believers in Christ, we desire to expose the sin in our lives. We do not desire to hide it or explain it away.We desire to be brave enough to share our struggles with someone else.And most importantly, bringing it to the Lord.
4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,