Each one of us is human. I know that comes as a shock to some of you, but it is the truth. Being human we are prone to make mistakes, think bad thoughts and at times drift away from the truth. Just because we do such things does not mean God hates us, it just means we are not yet perfect.
When Jesus Christ returns, He will transfigure us in a moment of time to be as He is which is PERFECT. Until that great and notable Day of the Lord, we will be as Paul in Romans 7 when he speaks of the wrestling match he faces daily with his old man. Although that old man is dead, we will lug him around until Christ comes back and gives us a new body.
I loathe excess time spent and an abundance of effort put into condemning Christians for things they do wrong, bad decisions they make and words they say that hurt or injure another. None of these things are right, but they do not mean the person is BAD. A bad person hates God, defies His Word and rejects the Gospel of Jesus. A Christian who does bad things occasionally is human.
I spent one third of my life wondering in the “dark night of the soul”, condemning myself for mistakes made 30 years ago and things done that were not Godly, righteous or loving. When I finally saw the light in 2005 it was the most glorious time of my life. Each day was a new adventure in understanding the mercy and grace of God and that His love is truly unconditional.
After hibernating in a spiritual cave for many years, I seized the opportunity to give and serve God again. Knowing that God did not hate me and that God still loved me energized me and allowed me to make up for lost time spiritually. Looking back, God gave me a few years without pain, without condemnation and without fear.
The three greatest enemies any Christian faces are condemnation, pride and fear. This three-headed monster destroys even the strongest Christians and lays them low in a grave of uselessness and wallowing in an ocean of self-pity. Fear stops a person cold and prevents them from moving. Pride opens the door to failure. Condemnation breaks a person’s spirit and makes them feel useless, alone and hopeless.
Fear, pride and condemnation must be eliminated and cast out of our lives through humility, honesty and unconditional love for our God. We are absolutely nothing in and of ourselves. The only good in us is what God has made us in Christ Jesus. When we finally believe this, we can quit trying to do it all ourselves while fighting the endless battles that fear, pride and condemnation bring.
Break the back of fear through faith. Break the stranglehold of pride through humility. Break the lie of condemnation through putting on the new man and living in Christ.
As I read your blog, I thought of these words penned by John Newton:
[quote]Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.
T'was Grace that taught...
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear...
the hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares...
we have already come.
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...
and Grace will lead us home.
The Lord has promised good to me...
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be...
as long as life endures.
When we've been here ten thousand years...
bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise...
then when we've first begun. [/quote]
When we forget or ignore grace, we battle with that three-headed monster. When we remember, cherish and embrace grace, the monster gets defeated for though it causes us to accurately remember who we are... it also reminds us of who God is, what He has done and that we are now a new creation in Christ.
Blessings, I understand about the "wresting match" in Romans 7, but what do you think about some time later in Galations when Paul seems to talk differently about the matter?
Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
In Galatians here, he seems to have reached a point where he has died to self. Do you see it that way?
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
It seems depressing to me to think that I could never rise above the point of an all-out wrestling match with the flesh, 24/7. How do you understand "perfect?". Just curious...
It is my understanding that the reason we have the hope of Christ's return and the promise of a new body (and mind) fashioned like unto Christ's is so that we do not have to feel like this is all an endless battle. Throughout Paul's writings he mentions the process of the "renewed mind". This putting off of the old man and his deeds and putting on the new man is mentioned in his early and later epistles.
Jesus was confronted with temptation every minute of His life. Because of who He was, He resisted those temptations and remained perfect and thus qualified to be our Savior. Hebrews says He is now able to strengthen us when we are tempted.
Our perfection now HAS to be spiritual and not physical. There is no way the flesh can be made perfect until He who is perfect comes and gives us a new and perfect body and mind. Until then, we face the daily struggle as to whether we are going to renew our minds to what God says or allow our flesh to dictate what we do.
Over the years here at Christian Blog, this topic of perfection has come up many times and usually ends with a knock down drag out argument. I do not want this blog to turn into one of those endless arguments. I have answered the question posed and will not engage in any more discussion of the subject at this time. I will closely monitor this blog to make sure it doesn't turn into a "shouting match". Thank you.
Blessings 2 You
MY QUESTION TO THE WORLD, IF CHRISTIANS BELIEVE IN THE TRINITY AND
DOES NOT SAY ANYWHERE IN THE BIBLE AND THAT JESUS IS GOD OR HIMSELF
SAYING WORSHIP ME. MY QUESTION IS CHRISTIANITY BELIEVES PROPHETS THAT CAME BEFORE JESUS, WHAT WERE ALL THOSE PROPHETS PREACHING ABOUT, WHERE THEY PREACHING THE TRINITY, IN THE BIBLE IT SAYS MOSES SAYS OF HEAR ISRAEL YOUR GOD IS ONE, WHY DID MOSES SAY THAT. WHAT DID ABRAHAM, SOLOMON, JACOB, ISAAC, ISMAEL, ADAM, ETC, WERE THEY PREACHING THE ONENESS OF ALLAH (GOD) OR THE THREE TRINITY.
MY SECOND QUESTION IS IN THE BIBLE IT SAYS JESUS RESURRECTED LIFE
FROM THE DEAD, JOSEPH TOLD THE FUTURE, SOLOMON CONTROL ANIMALS,MANKIND AND JINN KIND (SPIRITS). SO MY QUESTION IS WHO ELSE CREATED LIFE, IT WAS MOSES WHO CREATED LIFE, HE TOOK A STICK AND MADE IT TO LIFE IN GOD PERMISSION.
MY THIRD QUESTION IN THE BIBLE ITS SAYS THAT JESUS CAME OUT OF VIRGIN
MARY, WHAT WAS THE PROVE TO THE PEOPLE, BECAUSE PEOPLE BELIEVE WHAT THEY SEE, WHAT WAS THE PROVE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF JESUS. IN THE QURAN THERE IS PROVE THAT JESUS TALKED WHEN HE CAME OUT OF THE WOMB OF MARY. QURAN, SURAH:19:25-38.
MY FOURTH QUESTION, EVERY SOUL SHALL TASTE DEATH EVEN THE ANGEL OF DEATH, IT SAYS GOD NEVER BORN, NEVER DIES, EVER ETERNAL. SO MY QUESTION TO THE CHRISTIANS WHY DO THEY BELIEVE IN JESUS TO BE GOD, IF HE IS BORN AND HE DIES AND HE DOES NOT KNOW THE HOUR OF THE JUDGEMENT DAY.
MY FIFTH QUESTION JESUS CAME OUT OF VIRGIN MARY, SO ADAM WAS CREATED FROM CLAY AND WATER AND EVE (HAWA) WAS CREATED FROM THE RIB OF ADAM,EVEN THOUGH MUSLIMS SAY THEY WERE HUMANS WHY DOESN'T CHRISTIANITY ACKNOWLEDGE THE TO BE GODS OF GOD. BECAUSE THEY HAD THE SAME OR BETTER BEGINNING AS JESUS.
MY SIXTH QUESTION IS WHY DID JESUS SAYS MY SIGNS ARE THE SAME AS JONAH, WHERE JONAH WAS ALIVE IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE FOR THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS, WHY DID JESUS SAY THE ONLY PROVE THE JEW WOULD GET IS THE SIGN OF JONAH, MUSLIMS SAY A COPY WAS MADE OF JESUS ONE OF HIS COMPANIONS, AND JESUS WAS FLEW TO THE HEAVENS B Y ANGELS. AND CHRISTIANS SAY HE WAS CRUCIFIED THEN WHY DIDN'T JESUS SHOW HIMSELF IN THE RESURRECTION TO THE JEWS BUT ONLY SAID MY SIGNS ARE THE SAME AS SIGNS OF JONAH. WHY DID HE SAY THAT.