If you see a Christian, a true born again Jesus following Christian, if you see that Christian sinning, it doesn’t mean it’s okay or that the Christian thinks it’s okay. It means that Christian is struggling with that sin and in weakness has given into temptation. But I guarantee if you were to look into their heart, you would find turmoil and you would soon find them on their knees in repentance asking God for forgiveness.
Christians aren’t perfect people and although we do our best to follow and obey the Lord, we struggle, stumble and fall. We are still at war with our sinful nature and it is a daily battle.
Romans 7:14-25 describes this conflict between the spirit and the flesh within a born again Christian, “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold as a slave to sin. For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate. Now if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one that does it, but it is the sin that lives in me. So I discover this law: When I want to do what is good, evil is present with me. For in my inner self I delight in God’s law, but I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am serving the law of God, but with my flesh, the law of sin.”
No one is perfect. Romans 3:22-24 says, “The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
But God promises to forgive us if we will come to Him in repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:8-10 says, “If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
If our faith and trust is in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior then He is our advocate. 1 John goes on to say in chapter 2 verses 1 and 2, “My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ the righteous one. He himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.”
The only hope we have is in Jesus Christ by faith in Him and His Word. We have nothing to offer God but our sinfulness. We come to Him for forgiveness and to be set free from sin. So it is no longer our desire to live in sin but to live in righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ. We will still struggle with our flesh but in Christ we are made dead to sin and alive in Him.
Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
When you truly come to Jesus by faith and repentance, He begins a work in you that He promises to complete.
Philippians 1:6 says, “I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Rest in His grace today because if you are truly born again by faith in Jesus and repentance of your sins, your sins are forgiven and you are now God’s child and His workmanship. Trust in His promise to forgive you when you come to Him in repentance, and remember to forgive yourself as you rest in His forgiveness. Seek Him daily and trust in Him to sustain you. We can’t live this Christian life on our own strength. It must be Christ in us, working in and through us.