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How has your sin been working out for you lately? Or better yet: how has sin enhanced your life so far?

Do I sound judgemental?

I hope not!

I must say the older I get, the more I regret the sins of my past. And I still find myself frustrated with my lack of maturity. Sin hasn’t worked out so well for me. Don’t get me wrong; I have experienced forgiveness – and I feel the love and affection of my heavenly Father. But, we do reap what we sow. And while Jesus forgives our sins we still have to live with the consequences of our poor decessions from the past.

Forgiven but scarred.

Now I don’t claim to be the sharpest tool in the box, but I have never doubted my capacity to sin. I know what I’m capable of without God’s sustaining grace. And, I am serious about that! God’s grace is not part of some religious vocabulary that I use. It’s real to me. God is merciful and full of kindness. 

The uncreated Creator is the kindest Being in the universe.

He is a forgiving God – but to only those who ask for it. And turn from willful sin.

Sadly, we live in a world that doesn’t believe in sin anymore. And that’s tragic. Because when a person doesn’t believe his or her lifestyle choices can be offensive to God, they forfeit his grace. And cut themselves off from God’s forgiveness. How we live and treat others still matters to the LORD.

Jesus didn’t die for our mistakes – he died for our sins.

 One person’s wrong choices (sins) have devastating consequences for a family, society, and themselves.

I don’t expect non-Christians to see reality from a biblical point of view.

 But how can we as believers not acknowledge the pain our sin causes God – yes God, and to those closest to us. I’ll never be sinless in this life, but the older I get, the better I understand the magnitude of my sin

It cost Jesus his life.

In our place, Jesus willfully stood condemned for every sin we’ve ever committed. And He’s given us the power to overcome sin in our lives as we grow under the watchful eye of Jesus. Growing in Christ-likeness is a marathon, not a sprint.

Don’t give up! 

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”- Romans 5:8