The Freedom of Forgiveness

The Freedom of Forgiveness

The Cross of Christ sets us free from the bondage of sin.  Yet because of our broken, fallen nature, the patterns and habits of our lives have cultivated in us patterns and habits that can be difficult to break. It is easy to then doubt the Bible when it says “Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.” Romans 6:18 NLT

What do you do when you fail?  How do you handle your failures in righteous living?  Our natural tendency is to run, hide, and try to cover ourselves.  Our failures often will discourage us. We may think we are not truly converted or truly a follower of Jesus. We may also simply refuse to acknowledge the sin as sin, making excuses for it or justifying it.

The enemy wants to make our failure a reason to divert our eyes from God.  He wants to discourage us but a sudden failure is no reason to be discouraged and give up.  The life of holiness is a walk and though we may turn from the path momentarily, we can get right back on it.

The very moment we become aware of our sin God is calling to us to back to Him. The only remedy for our failure is to look to the Cross and trust more fully in Christ.  1 John 1:9 says that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”ESV  You can trust that this is true.

Let every failure drive you instantly to the Cross with more complete abandon and more perfect trust.  If you do this you will see your communion with Him not broken for long and you have not been removed from His sight.