16th August 2012
“The temptations in your life are not different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
Is there an un-pardonable sin? Jesus took all the sins of mankind upon himself in our stead. 1 John 1:7 says he cleanses us from all sin. He paid the penalty for ALL, ALL, ALL sins. It doesn’t say, except this particular sin, or that exception, or even except for the unpardonable sin. Every sin that anyone could ever commit has ALREADY been paid for and forgiven by Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and death, once and for all.
What about the compulsive sins that we can’t seem to control, that we commit over and over again? Even Saint Paul struggled with this, as we read in Romans 7:15-17. He says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…..it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.” Read the whole chapter—it is so encouraging and ends with who will rescue me? Jesus Christ our Lord! On our own it is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Mark 10:26-27).
What about if we don’t want to repent? We want to sin because it feels good? Hebrews 11:25 talks about ‘the pleasures of sin for a season’. ‘For a season’ is the key—sin has consequences that sooner or later catch up with us. Galatians 6:7 (NKJV) tells us, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” And I think this is where the scripture in 2 Timothy 2:25-26 comes in, which says that God grants repentance,so that we can come to our senses and escape the snare of the devil. It is God’s goodness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). It is a process and takes time.
All that we have to do to receive forgiveness is to accept it. What of repentance? Yes, we must repent, but the time-frame is important. We are forgiven, therefore we repent. It is through drawing close to God, immersing ourselves in his Word that we put on the armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-17 NKJV), which helps to resist temptation and evil, and washes away our desire to sin.
Don’t let feelings of fear or guilt come between you and the one who loves you unconditionally. Seek for him in scripture, go to him in prayer and tell him of your trials, your temptations, your weaknesses. He will make a way for you to escape the prison of your sins, in his time and in his own way.
Father in Heaven, you know how we struggle with sin and weakness. Strengthen us through your Holy Spirit. Lead us gently and lovingly into the ways that lead to peace, happiness and everlasting life. We pray this through the one who made it all possible, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Study by Nancy Silcox