Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives. 2 Corinthians 3:3 (MSG)
These very powerful words caused me to stop and consider this question. Is my life a genuine letter of Christ or is it merely a letter that claims to be? It is easy to say the right words and even go through the right motions though our true nature will burst forth eventually. It is also very easy to make excuses for our wrong thoughts, attitude and behavior. We protest that we are only human. We say, "No one is perfect!" and we are right however, we forget or conveniently overlook one very important thing. We are a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17) and as such, we are no longer slaves to sin but to righteousness (Romans 6:18). So, why do we seem to think it is "okay" to excuse sin in our lives and minimize the victory that God has given us?
We do not have to yield to sin. The belief that we must negates the transforming power of God. If we attempt to resist sin on our own, we will eventually fail but when we rely on solely on the power of Jesus Christ, we will not only be able to resist the enemy, the enemy will flee. In other words, we need to claim the victory Jesus Christ has given us and strive to live accordingly. Our very lives need to be a letter of Christ that the whole world can read.
When we fall flat on our face, we must remember these things: confess your sin, remember that God is faithful and forgives the repentant heart and not only will He forgive us; He will cleanse us. (1 John 1:9).
May our very lives be a genuine letter of Christ.