Encouragement for Us Sinners

Do you ever get frustrated that you return to the same sins over and over? Are there sins that you thought that you’d put off but found that they return to rear their ugly head time after time? On particularly difficult days you may even question your salvation. Perhaps, like me, you’ve been a Christian for many years and you are tired of the battle knowing that this battle will take place for the rest of your life. When I feel this way there are a few things that I have to remember.

I have to remind myself that my perfect Savior, with no sin of His own, chose to suffer greatly and die for our sins–all of them. When we confess our sin not only will we receive forgiveness but God also promises that we, as His children, will be cleansed from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). This means that when He looks at us He chooses to see us as sinless. He graciously waits with open arms to hear our confession and forgives us (Hebrews 4:14-16).

Another promise that I’ve always loved is found in Philippians 1:6. Here Paul says that he is confident that He who began a good work in us will perfect it until the day of Christ. God is perfecting us! We are not in this battle all by ourselves. Our almighty God fights with us!

We are told not to grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12:1-3). Here we are led by the author to remember that our precious Savior endured much at the hands of sinners for our sake. He tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus. We are to dwell on our amazing Savior not on our sin or the sin of others.

Something else that I choose to think about is that my life is not about me, it’s about Him (Mark 8:34-38). Because I love God and want others to love Him, I have to continue to learn to be like His Son. It doesn’t matter if I’m not feeling well, I’ve had a bad day, or I’m tired.

Our Father tells us that if we endure to the end we will live with Him forever. At last we will see Him not through sinful eyes but clearly (1 Corinthians 13:12). And, as if that’s not enough, He tells us that He will wipe away every tear, and there will be no more death, crying, pain, or mourning (Revelation 21:4). I can’t even imagine what this will be like, but I know that this is what I want. So, I will keep fighting while looking to my Redeemer remembering His great love with which He loved us and gave His life for us.

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