Have you ever done something that you knew was wrong.. you had told yourself not to do it… but you did it anyway? Have you ever told yourself to keep your mouth shut and yet, you open it and say something any way? Then, you go around thinking, “I could kick myself for saying or doing that.”
Every Christian has been there. Yet, someone may say, “But you’re a Christian… you shouldn’t do that any more.”
Maybe we shouldn’t but we do. It’s called temptation. And just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we don’t deal with temptation any more.
There is an old expression that goes;
We are saved from the PENALTY of sin;
We are being saved from the POWER of sin,
And one day we will be saved from PRESENCE of sin.
What that means is even though we are saved and our sins are forgiven, we are still tempted and we still deal with the power of sin.
Paul talked about this in Romans 7. Paul said, “For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:14).
I can identify with Paul! I can vow… promise myself… that I will not do something and yet, I do it any way. It’s because I’m human and even though I am saved, I will sin. And so will you.
Paul added, “For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me but the doing of good is not” (Romans 7:18).
“The wishing is present… but the doing of good is not….” I know exactly what Paul is talking about and I imagine you do as well. I can determine I am not going to do certain things… I’m not going to get aggravated at a ball game… I’m not going to express my opinion.. I’m not going to think a bad thought… and yet, it happens any way. Because I’m human and I’m a sinner.
Today, if you are beating yourself up because you made a mistake.. stop doing that. Humbly go before the Father and confess your sin to God. Ask the Lord to forgive you and He will.
Now, this doesn’t mean we cast all restraints aside and do whatever we want. It doesn’t mean we just go on sinning because we can be forgiven. If you continue to sin… you should be convicted… it should bother you… and you should try… through the power of Holy Spirit, to stop doing what you keep doing. But, it should bother us when we slip.
So, you are forgiven of your sins… but, you still deal with the power of sin and it is powerful. And… we do slip. But thanks be to God that when we do, we can be forgiven!