You’ve given into that temptation again – for the hundredth time. What do you do next?
Maybe a better question is, how do you respond to God when, once again, you’ve resisted His grace – the grace that could have kept you from visiting that porn site, yelling at your kids, acting arrogantly, cheating on your schoolwork, or lying to your girl or boyfriend?
Will you hide from God like most of us? Why? Why do we do this?
We do it because we wrongly believe it’s better to distance ourselves from God rather than draw near to Him. We find it hard to believe Jesus understands what it’s like to be tempted. And that He actually wants us to draw near to Him – especially after we’ve failed Him.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV) gives us a glimpse into his heart: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Jesus knows “exactly how it feels to be human,” as the Amplified version says, yet He doesn’t condone or wink at sin. God hates what sin steals from us. But rather than relishing the opportunity to berate and guilt us, Jesus invites us to come to Him for forgiveness, mercy, and grace – even when we’re at our worst.
Our choice is this: will we believe the truth of who God is, accept His love, and receive His offer of mercy? Or will we continue believing the lie that we have no place at His throne when we’ve acted unworthily?
We all know it would be best to yield to God’s grace and not give in to temptation over and over again. When we fail, however, rather than hiding from God, let’s go to Him. And when we go, let’s stay in His presence long enough to receive all we need, including the strength and resolve to do better next time.
(Next week, we’ll discuss wanting to break free from sin when it seems impossible.)
What about you?
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- Do you struggle with believing that your heavenly Father loves you even when you’re at your worst?
- How can we pray for you?
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