“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.(Romans 3:23)
We all fall short. This is true, but this is no excuse for us to continue in sin.
Jesus died for our sins so that we wouldn’t have to take the penalty for them (John 3:16); and through confession and repentance, we can receive forgiveness and salvation. But more importantly, Jesus died so that we’d learn how to say no to our sins. (Titus 2:11-12). Jesus also left us the Holy Spirit who gives us power to refrain from sin (Galatians 5:16-23).
Making an excuse for our sin will never excuse us from the judgement of God; it’s only self-deception.
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26)
No more hiding
The good news is that God’s grace assures us that we can be the kind of people who are happy to own our shortcomings, the kind of people who have stopped hiding behind excuses.
As ugly as our sin can get, grace allows us to abandon excuses because the promise of forgiveness and cleansing lies on the other side of confession. Every confession brings sin out of hiding and into the light (John 3:19–21). And God has promised that when we bring sin into the light “we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).
“God really does have grace to meet every failure, but receiving that grace starts by confessing the sin, then seeking Jesus’ power to turn from it”
Heavenly Father, I need your help, my life has become unmanageable again because of sin. Help me to stop making excuses for my sin. Help me to examine myself and stop justifying my actions. Help me to stop be judgemental and appear self-righteous. Help me hear You Lord, and not my excuses. Help me realize they are the lies the enemy that he uses to steal my peace, my happyness and dreams and will only lead to death. Help me forgive the ones that love me and not take offense to their encouragement. In Jesus’s name Amen.
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