By Jennifer Moreno
One of Satan’s biggest tactics against a Christian is to remind him or her that their transgressions or sins can’t be forgiven even after we’ve repented. Well, I’m here to remind you of what the Word of God says.
1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” This is truly an incredible promise and one that really should give us all relief and hope. God forgives his children when we come to Him with an attitude of true repentance.
If you thought that because you were a Christian you are now perfect and untouchable from falling into sin, you’re under an illusion. Christians do stumble, we’re humans and all of us have weaknesses and can fail into sin, but that doesn’t mean we can live a lifestyle of continual, habitual, unrepentant sin.
God calls us to a higher purpose, He calls us to a new life and a renewed mind, therefore a continuous unrepentant sin isn’t really following Jesus, but following yourself.
So what is habitual sin? Habitual sin is basically any sin that you consciously know it is wrong in God’s eyes, yet you continue to do it and don’t feel any conviction about it. Paul talks about this… “Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Thankfully we have an Almighty God who loves us and has grace and mercy over us.
In Matthew 18:21-22, we read, “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’” Here we see that God’s grace is infinite thanks to Jesus dying on the cross, we have that. Before Jesus died for us, we were ALL under the law and some sins where only punishable by death.
Therefore my brothers and sisters, I urge you to reexamine yourself and throw away any ashes that may be putting out the fire you once had for God. In Proverbs 28:13 it says “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Do you want mercy from the Lord? Are you willing to live a life that is holy just like God is holy?
Remember that you are children of God and when you sin you are no longer condemned because we are under grace, but we shouldn’t abuse of that grace. When we sin, the Spirit will convict us of sin because you will feel the Holy Spirit getting sad. Yes, the Holy Spirit does get sad in case you didn’t know.
2 Corinthians 7:10-11 shows us “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” The Spirit’s conviction is that of love and grace and not of condemnation. It will bring us to repentance and bring us back into the path of righteousness.
And it is all thanks to our loving father, who is rich in love, patience and goodness. John 1:16 says – “We have all received one gracious gift after another from his abundance.” And because He is faithful to us, we too shall be faithful to Him.
God bless you guys!