Though His death on the Cross, Jesus Christ has given us the opportunity to be good. Before I was transformed in Christ,my nature was full of frustration, arguments, agony, pain, hatred.I know my sinful nature and my potential to do whatever is required to protect myself. I am not exception to anybody else in this world who is called a sinner. If not for Jesus, I am nothing but a sinner. But Jesus through His death on the cross, has provided me the opportunity to be righteous and to be good. It is because of Him I am good. People look at me as a good person,because I choose Him and He chose me. Otherwise I don't think there is any possibility that I would have been able walk the path of righteousness and goodness.
Psalm 119:66-67 Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.
There are instances when an argument goes inside me between by good part and my bad part. My bad part would want to really go ahead and argue for what is rightful to me. My good part will say nope you should not yield to pride or to ego or to anger. You have to wait for God to work on it. You should not do anything by yourself. I get so tempted to shout and argue with someone who is not doing the right thing. But I don't let any ofthese get into action. I wait and pray to the Lord to guide me. He provides me the nice and most humble way to handle the situation. Which makes me the nicestperson to others. I am the only one who know how much of the fight I have to overcome, by the Grace and Mercy of the Lord to be the good person.
1 Corinthians 10:13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.
The sinful nature is something against which I need to keep fighting till the end of my days on this earth. I will have to keep choosing being in Christ, Spiritand being good and being righteous. There are possible temptations in every walk of life. But I will have to keep choosing to be in Christ. He has given me the option and the chance to be good. He gave His life on the cross, so that He can send His Holy Spirit to me, so that I am good.
1 Peter 5:8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Yes. Pray for Jesus Christ's mercy and empowerment for us to walk in HIS way which is a road of righteousness and goodness. We need HIS help because we are weak, we are sinners especially in this secular world. Thanks for sharing. In Christ love, Amen!