John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The Gospel message can be summed up in this one verse. Beautiful, simple, elegant. Accept Christ and you will be ‘saved’. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we become a new creation in Christ. Our hearts our changed. Go and sin no more…
Why then do I still sin?
Last night I did not do what Jesus would do. I chose the low road, allowing a comment to bring up old hurts, old pain and it sent me into a tailspin. How do I go from a place of love to hate in 24 hours? Where was the Holy Spirit? Where was my changed heart? Are the promises of the Christian faith true?
These are the same questions I had as a little girl. Back then, after accepting Christ but learning I still had the capacity to sin left me feeling Jesus had passed me by. I believed what I was told. That I would be a new creation. That I would “go and sin no more.”
But that doesn’t happen. I still sin. Why? Because I am in a spiritual battle, I’m told. There are evil forces trying to win my soul back, trying to make me ineffective, useless for God. But I’m a new creation, filled with the Holy Spirit. Isn’t this Spirit strong enough to defeat my sinful nature?
A new friend commented on one of my posts, stating she sometimes loses her patience, but she is trying harder and I know exactly what she means. Why, though, if I am a new creation, do I need to try harder? Why must I, on a daily basis, put on the armor of God and go into battle, fighting against the desires of a selfish nature if I am supposed to be a new creation?
I don’t have all the answers but if I have learned anything it is this. God does not run from my questions so neither will I run from Him this time. Instead what I will do is ask for forgiveness for my quick temper, accept that I am in a battle and, in the words of Colonel Jessup, pick up a weapon and stand a post.