As I draft this post I pray for habitual Christian sinners with the tendency to be the self righteous Christian. Believing in a God but not a Christian in many ways. Thinking that the righteousness us of Christ justifies us even in the unrighteous deeds of sinful behaviors. There are more of them than we care to acknowledge.
Blinded by the calamities of a sinful habits I pray. Because I remember well I was once that sinner and still is in calamities I endure.
….And we pull down reasonings and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and we take all minds prisoner to the obedience of The Messiah….Knowing that a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.’
Sins are not generally excused because we engage a world of sinners. Not a habitual sinner bound up in the calamity of a sinful life style. Tempted each day by the weakness of our flesh, we are engaged in the war of sin and death. Convinced to speak against others and not of our own triggers.
…’now it is not I who am committing this, but sin that dwells within me. …. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.’
The truth of the gospel is independent of anyone’s personal calamity. God favors whom He will having mercy because He knows our hearts intent. Knowing more of Him requires more discipline to avoid the judgements of the simplest of sin. …But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and he will purge us from all our evil.
Jesus Himself was tempted as we are yet without sin. …For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
… ‘For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.’