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Friday, 28 October 2022
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Scripture is crystal clear that we all have sinned (for all have sinned ...). It is also
crystal clear that we all continue to struggle with our personal sin. But for all who
have "received and believed" in the Son of God, we have a new nature which not
only yearns for righteousness to reign in our lives, but empowers us by the Holy
Spirit of God to fight the struggle of sin's desires in our lives. We alone, believers
in the Lord Jesus Christ, have this new nature because it is only found in Him.

Yet, as long as we are housed in this "tent", this body of sin, we will have the
desires and lusts for sin. We have been freed from the dominion of darkness, but
our fallen nature will always crave sin until we exchange this "tent" for the eternal
"house" which God has for us ... our glorified body in which is no sin. Then, and
only then, will we be truly free from the struggle with sin. Unencumbered by
living in a world of sin and, more importantly, unencumbered by our personal
body of sin together with its lusts.

Until then, we struggle and we fight. Each day presents its own issues and
battles, and each day we must face them head on.

But how do we respond to our failures ... those times where we do not "fight the
good fight"?

We confess our sin to God. We don't try to excuse it. We don't sugarcoat it. We
don't blame it on others. We confess it. And, "He is faithful and just to forgive us
our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

We boldly come before the throne of grace (He grants us audience with Him at
any time, especially in our struggles and failures) that we may find mercy
(forgiveness) and grace (strength to get back up and continue the fight). (Hebrews
4:19)

And how do we respond when someone sins against us, especially a brother or
sister in Christ? We forgive as God has forgiven us. In those situations, God grants
us the opportunity to imitate our heavenly Father.

Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

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Posted on 10/28/2022 3:29 PM by Bruce Neill
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