1 John 3:20, 21 – If our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. (verse 21) Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
So, what or who makes us feel condemned? The Bible says in Romans 8:1 – “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. We either do it to ourselves or condemnation can come from others. But look carefully at what it says. For those who walk according to the Spirit.
However, when we do “wrong” things out of our emotions and attitudes, that is called walking in the “flesh,” not the Spirit. The Bible tells us to walk in the Spirit.
Our own hearts and mind, will make us feel guilty, but God is greater. Here’s another way you can feel condemned; someone lays a guilt trip on you because you are not living up to their standards.
The sad part about condemnation is, it will make you feel like you can’t pray or that God has broken off fellowship with you. Not so! Now, how about the ones that don’t feel condemned? According to 1 John 3:21, we then have confidence in God. Confidence in God, in what? That He knows all things and He still loves us and He’s still hearing our prayers. It wasn’t a big surprise to God that we did what did.
The Holy spirit is not just a visitor that leaves every time we mess up and then we spend days, maybe even years begging God to forgive us. If God knew every sin we would commit before we did it, and He does, and He says we are forgiven for past, present, and future sin, then why do people pray Old Testament prayers like, “O God, take not Your Spirit from me?”
New Testament, Jesus said He would never, ever leave us (Matthew 28:20).
Our Spirit is Christ living on the inside of each believer. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11).
Don’t misunderstand; I’m not talking about those who are not truly born-again. Those who maybe had an emotional breakdown one time at an altar and then continued in the old life-style of sin. They said they have repented, but never fully understood what it meant to repent. It was not confessing every sin they could remember. True repentance is “to go the other way”; to renew your mind towards the things of God and continue that way. It will be a complete “transformation.”
No one, Christians included, can go through a whole day without sinning in the sense that our failing to be and do everything that should be done. No one gets it right all the time, only one did that and His name is Jesus.
Christians sins are covered by the blood of Christ. If a Christian thinks they lose their salvation every time they sin then they won’t make much progress, will they? It would be like, “One step forward and two steps backward.” We don’t get born-again spiritually over and over. There is no such thing as getting born-again, again, again. God knew we were going to fail in certain areas and He covered that issue with Christ dying for all sin, once and for all!
1 John 2:1, 2 – My little children (believers) these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (verse 2) And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
Conclusion: You don’t have to beat our self up when you mess up. We have a heavenly Father that we go to when we can’t seem to get it right and through His Holy Spirit we get direction and guidance. The Christian life is not easy, but it is not a life of continual sin. We want the same things God wants for our lives.
God wrote for us, the instruction manual on how to live, so follow that and you won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh, and continue living following the Spirit until His return!