Today’s Encouragement is 2 Corinthians 12:9a ESV But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

My Grace is sufficient –

We all need God’s Grace when we have sinned.  We all sin, even after being saved, whether intentionally or ‘accidentally,’ and afterwards, because we know right from wrong, we acknowledge our sin, and then we either repent or wallow in our shame and guilt.  Friends, shame and guilt will get us nowhere! Remember there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom 8:1).  Repentance is our best option! 

The literal word translated as repent means “to turn away from”.  So, repentance is more of an action than a feeling.  Deciding to turn away from a sin at this moment, to leave a past sin behind is repentance.  We sin, sadly, because we are sinners.  It may be a habitual sin, or some other form of sin… but I don’t think that matters much to God, but it seems to matter to us. 

Habitual sin is a relentless captor.  It threatens to overtake our life, and it will do so unless… unless we repent, by turning from it.  The turning may be successful at times and unsuccessful at other times, but a decision to continue to turn away, turning from the sin and to God each time, will lead to victory over that sin.

The only way that sin wins is when we decide to stop turning away from it.   When we decide, ‘Well that’s just how God made me’, or ‘I’ll never beat this’, or ‘It’s really not such a big deal, everyone has their little secrets’ – that’s when sin wins, and death follows.  

Is it possible friends, that we must fight sin all our lives on this earth?  It does often get easier the more we practice turning away (repenting) and turning to God.  But we are never free of all sin in this earthly life, nor of the need to turn to God for help with dealing with sin.  But remember, His Grace is sufficient!

Your Grace is Sufficient

Shane and Shane

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