What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:1-4
Just because God has forgiven all our past and future sins does not give us a license to sin. Will we continue to sin? Unfortunately the answer is yes. But we have been given to power to not sin if we call on the Spirit. And each day we become closer to God. Things that we once did now we no longer do. And when we do sin we are convicted that it was sin. It is only when we compare ourselves to a perfect God that we can realize how sinful we truly are.
When we accept Christ we become a new creation. We begin to change from our old self to a new person. We need to put away our old habits and embrace a new way of life. Those around us should notice a change in us. This should be especially true of people who do not see us regularly. Now we will still slip but we must continue to let God work in our lives and it is His work that makes us new.
When we come to Christ we need to examine our old habits and have to give up activities and people who would lead us astray. We need to cultivate new friends that can help us on our walk down the new path. We need to look at what causes us to sin and then pray for strength to avoid the pitfalls.
While we are instantly changed when we accept Christ we are still in our old sinful bodies. We need to be patient that the slipups are just bumps on the road and keep looking toward Jesus. I love the old T-shirt slogan “Be patient, God is not finished with me yet.”
Have a blessed day,