We are so blessed to have such a loving Father who forgives our Sins. 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, He is Faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Psalm 103:10-14 says: “He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for His mercy towards those who fear and honor Him is as great as the height of heavens above the earth.”
My Feautured Guest Blogger is: David Friend
Bio: David Friend “I’m a graphic designer who lives in Houston, Texas. I enjoy leveraging his knowledge for God’s kingdom and desires to help people have a biblical worldview. I think that the Bible is the standard of truth against which all beliefs, thoughts, actions, opinions and motives should be tested and compared. My passion is to see people live purposeful lives for Christ, not wasting their lives pursuing things that have no lasting or real value. My graphic designs and writings are hopefully all contributing to this goal. Though not started yet, I am hoping to start a web-based ministry that others can connect with so they can learn more about God’s Word and of the gospel of Christ.” David blogs at: http://www.graceandtruthministry.blog
David shares: The Bible speaks of how God “justifies the ungodly” (Romans 4:5), and the “righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe” (3:22). God is the “justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (3:26). A person is “justified by faith apart from works of the law” (3:28).
The righteousness that Christ had by living a perfect, sinless life is placed on our account when we put our faith in Him. God regards us as having a perfect and righteous account, even though we are in fact sinners. This is why the Bible says that God“justifies the ungodly” (Romans 4:5).
We know that while we have a perfect position before God, we do not have perfect obedience. Our accounts are perfect, but our lives are still full of sin and flawed. Justification means that we are declared righteous, not that we are righteous.
Understanding what Justification Means for Your Failure : The weight of sin is heavy, and there are times when it’s absolutely appropriate to feel it, such as inrepentance. But there’s no need for anyone who’s been forgiven and justified to feel as though they are beyond hope. Every Christian knows their sins are forgiven when they put their faith in Christ, but they may not understand that all of their sins, past, present and future, are forgiven and dealt with. Jesus paid for all of the sins of humanity for all time (Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 2:2).
Once we are justified and we sin, our perfect position does not change. This is because we have the righteousness of Christ. Our spotless perfection that comes from being in Christ remains. Christ makes us “holy and blameless and above reproach” (Colossians 1:22). Sin can distance us from God and we will need to repent (Matthew 6:12, 14-15; 1 John 1:8-10, 2:1), but there’s nothing we can do to lose our perfect status.This is because of Christ, not anything we have done. Sin may bring God’s loving discipline as a Father, but it will never bring condemnation. His justice and wrath has already been satisfied by the cross of Christ.
What we need to do when we sin: (1) Remember that we are justified and what this means, and (2) Repent. There is no genuine relationship with Christ without repentance. Justification and grace should never be used as excuses to sin.
Thank you Fred for this beautiful and thought provoking post. 1 John 1:8 says: “If we say that we have No sin we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” It may for a moment of triumph, as it did in David, and in Peter, and in a host of other eminently holy men, yet still the promise is verified – as we see in the restorings of the blessed spirit, in their spirit and conduct, in their humblings and confessions, and their holy and upright walk with God in the after years – “Sin shall not have dominion over you.” Amen! God bless.💕
Blessings and Love.😊 🙏 ❤