We sin. We’re forgiven.
We don’t want to sin. We’re forgiven.
We kinda want to sin. We’re forgiven.
We don’t sin. We’re forgiven. (For even our righteousness is filthy rags.)
Christ and Him crucified; Good enough for me.
I know the part that everyone gets hung up with is “We kinda want to sin.”
Oh, surely, that’s not me!
I know that for the most part of my day, I don’t deny Christ. I am thankful for His gift. I am even brought to tears thinking about His horrible death and glorious Resurrection.
But then, that second piece of cake after I’m already stuffed calls out to me.
Or someone posts a picture of a beefcake and THIS ONE TIME I don’t take ALL my thoughts captive. Or I am discussing the Lord with someone and I pridefully realize that I’ve one-upped them with my skill and knowledge of the Word.
I really enjoyed the gluttony and lust and pride, oh wretched (woman) that I am. “Who will set me free from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”–Romans 7:24
For after the wallowing and the “evil that is present in me” has had its way, the Love of God and the Death of Christ and the Fruit of the Spirit carry me gently back to being centered on Reality and I cry out for the forgiveness that is more abundant than what my sinful nature craves and is ultimately intensely dissatisfied with.
But what about the time my flesh spent enjoying it?
What about the moments right before I repent and turn away from all that is odious? What about the sin/addiction/ungodliness that besets me for even longer periods of time? What about during all of those moments?
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”–1 John 2:1,2
The conjunction used here is “AND.” The same “AND” that joins together “a virgin with child” AND “the bringing forth of a son”. The same “AND” that unites “you shall receive power from the Holy Spirit “AND” you shall be my witnesses.” In other words, “so that you may not sin” AND “you are going to sin.”
Thank God for our Advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous. An Advocate is “one who pleads another’s cause.” More specifically, “of Christ in his exaltation at God’s right hand, PLEADING with the Father for the pardon of our sins.” (from the Blue Letter Bible)
PLEADING. I love “ING.” It means an ongoing action or process. ONGOING. Like every single time I sin. Whether I do it, don’t want to do it, kinda want to do it or don’t do it at all.
All praise and thanksgiving to our appeasing propitiation, JESUS the RIGHTEOUS!!!!
Blessings Without Measure-Betty W McNeely