Not Perfect. Just Forgiven

Not Perfect, Just Forgiven. This concept is often so hard for us to understand.  As Christians, we’re all supposed to perfect, aren’t we?  When we sin, we feel guilty and others look at us and see our sin and say, “And she calls herself a Christian!”

But what does being a Christian really mean?  That we’re already Saints?  No, I don’t think so.  It means we believe in the Lord God, Our Savior Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, who died for our sins and rose again.  We believe in the forgiveness of sin through confession and repentance.

And that’s the difficult part – repentance.  We need to stop trying to be perfect in every earthly detail and feeling guilty for not achieving our goals.  We need to instead focus on recognizing our sins for what they could be – a learning experience that will drive us deeper into knowing both ourselves and the unconditional love and forgiveness of God.  Not an easy thing to do, I know!

This week I share this prayer with you from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians so you can continue to pray for understanding of God’s unconditional love for you and for all of us.

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, ar above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

Ephesians 1:15-21

Blessings on your healthy journey, 

Cynthia!