“We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.” James 3:2 NIV
It’s gonna happen. You’re gonna sometimes say or do something out of character. If you don’t you’re perfect. And the only person who ever lived that never made a mistake is Jesus Christ. But how we handle mistakes is what counts most. Do you beat yourself to death for messing up? Or do you go to the other extreme and justify your wrongs?
Let me say first that I admire all of you dear brothers and sisters. You live in a world where you are always going against the grain, swimming against the current so to speak. That takes a lot of courage and can wear anybody out. When you feel tired; tired of this crazy world, tired of crazy mean people, it’s easy to slip up. God knows exactly how you feel:
“And if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard.” 2 Peter 2:7-8 NIV
God saw Lot go through the same thing. He was vexed over the lawless deeds he saw and heard on a daily basis. All righteous people go through this. So what you are feeling is normal. And it’s also a fact that sometimes we get so perturbed that we slip up in our godly conduct. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not justifying getting angry with the world and messing up. I’m just being honest in saying sometimes it happens. And I encourage you to continue in the fight to do what is right.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24 NIV
The truth is all sins must be atoned for. And Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. If we believe this we won’t beat ourselves to death or justify our blunders. We’ll simply thank God for making this marvellous provision, confess our sins to him, repent, and keep it moving.
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