There is so much freedom in perspective. It changes everything. I believe in a very simple Gospel. I believe that what Jesus did on the cross took care of everything. It does not become validated when we believe, it’s valid whether we believe or not. It’s yours for the taking whether you take it or not. You can’t cancel it out with your misdeeds and you can’t earn it with your good deeds. You just have to believe.
The following is an excerpt from my book, ‘Grace Is For Sinners.’
We are all in different places at different times. Sometimes we can say that we are innocent and other times we can see where we’re the ones who do wrong. The danger with seeing yourself as the victim is becoming self righteous and vengeful when trying to preserve your life as you know it. When someone sins against you, it’s better for you to keep yourself open for more abuse.
I know that doesn’t make sense but, the power to do that comes from knowing that God can take care of you better than you can you can take care of yourself. You have to trust Him to do that. It’s a way to submit yourself to Him exactly like He asks. One common misconception that believers have is that God wouldn’t allow one of His beloved children to be beat up by some sinner, or wouldn’t let any evil motives near you. So, when you do fall prey to another’s sin you fail to see God’s hand molding you, therefore rejecting every aspect of the hardship that was dished out to you.
Your response to another’s sin against you has the potential to prolong the effects of the sin.
Go ahead and hate the sin but, do not equate the sin with the sinner. The sinner needs you to do the impossible and display the mercy, grace and love of God in order to conquer the evil. If you do not take every inhuman action to diminish the effects of the sin, then you carry out the evil that was intended by the Evil One. When God comes in to right the wrongs, He’ll have to ‘right’ you, too. When God sets you straight it hurts far worse than the pain from the sin against you. Reach out and love the unlovable, it’s the only way you can stay blameless.
This is your opportunity to ‘rejoice’ when others sin against you. You can identify with Jesus who went through unbelievable suffering. Jesus is no stranger to being the recipient of the deadly blow that sin delivers.
This is your opportunity to play Jesus and choke out a prayer that says, ‘Forgive them, Father.’ Welcome the sinner back and use the opportunity to show them how Jesus would treat them. The Bible says that good conquers evil. Put it to the test and worship while you watch divine love erase sin.
There is another misconception that, if you truly are a purely devoted follower of Christ, you will not be overcome by evil and carry out sin.
So, when you find yourself in that situation there is a tendency to feel so much shame that you want to give up. There are so many questions that arise and you ultimately question where God was and what your sin says about you.
My message to the sinner is simply this: You can believe Jesus when He says that He will forgive you over and over and over and over. There is nothing you can do that would make Him walk away from you. Others will and they’ll tell you that you couldn’t possibly be sorry enough. That is a direct contradiction to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and no matter who claims to be speaking for Him it is absolutely false and he is a fraud.
Don’t let your faith fail and, when you come back, use the lessons you have learned to strengthen others. Whether your life is being shifted by another’s sin or your own sin has brought you to a place of discovering God, there is hope because you are becoming someone that you could have never become otherwise.
taken from chapter fifteen of ‘Grace Is For Sinners’ If you would like to purchase your own copy of ‘Grace Is For Sinners’ you can do so here.