Sin humbles me, at least the aftermath. It reminds me deeply of how without God, I truly cannot do anything, anything truly. Especially when it comes to overcoming sin- be it the ones that leave me feeling really down or the ones I don’t even blink an eye about like being angry unnecessarily. Maybe the key to overcoming sin is not more escape plans, more reading, more religious activities, more sharing, but simply, more Jesus.
After all, this mortal flesh has desires that are contrary to the spirit of God that dwells in my heart. The word of God has to transform my heart, and yours. 🙂 I should know this- I have been the person described in the book of James who looked at his face in the mirror and forgot what it looked like. Placed below for your convenience.
22But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
James 1:22-25 ESV
I am particularly thankful for the gospel. I am thankful for the key figure in the gospel: Jesus Christ, who has left ninety-nine of his sheep in the open country for my one sinful-and-deeply-graced heart. (Luke 15:1-7)
Today, I echo the words of two men in the bible, David and Peter:
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10 ESV
67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
John 6:67-69 ESV
I still can not believe that he lets me be called a saint. Glory to Jesus, free indeed.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed
John 8:36 ESV