Have you ever noticed that when (and IF) Christians talk about their struggles with sin, we usually use words like ” mistake”, or a ” bad decision “?
Why do we do that?
Why do we take that ugly thing in us, and dress it up with a bow?
It’s NOT a mistake.
It’s NOT a bad decision.
It is sin.
When you don’t call it what it is, it lessens its sting, its disgusting effect.
Jesus calls the mistakes and bad decisions WE ALL MAKE sin.
Sin is hideous. It can destroy people…can break the hearts of those we love the most.
Oh, it’s so ugly….
I recently had to face a giant-sized sin in my own life. Admittedly, I haven’t handled it well at all.
I withdrew from the people who I love and who love me. My shame was so powerful, I could barely look people in the eye.
I mean, I’m supposed to be beyond this stuff! ( Now, add pride to the list!) How did I fail and fall so easily??? People always tell me how strong they think I am…how brave…etc. What would they think now??
How can we reconcile knowing so much about sin and the Savior, and continuing to sin until we draw our very last breath?
Corrie ten Boom, well known writer and Holocaust survivor, wrote the following:
“Jesus loves sinners. He only loves sinners. He has never turned anyone away who came to Him for forgiveness, and He died on the cross for sinners, not for respectable people. It was exactly for sinners that He suffered so terribly on the cross, so much so that it was almost impossible for Him to bear. So dreadful, that He said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). He did all that for sinners like you, so just come.”
There is such comfort in these words for sinners like me.
He loves me.
He came for me.
He died for me!
He’s still molding and shaping me in the image of His Son.
The Apostle Paul also had something to say about sin, too:
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I AM the worst.
1 Timothy 1:15
Do you see??? He didn’t say he WAS the worst sinner….but rather “I AM “!!!!
Even Paul realized that he would continue to fight battles with sin, winning some, and losing some, for as long as he lived.
I am not alone.
I’m surely not the only one who lost a battle!
And Jesus still loves me….
Because I’m the one He came to save.
On hearing this, Jesus told them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”