If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we haven't sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8 WEB
While helping an elder at our church repair the roof of his house, I learned a lot about him. When you work with someone day after day and you watch them smack their thumb with a hammer, drop something on their foot, or wait in line at a store, you get to know who they really are without their church face on. I got to know him.
He was in his seventies, and after walking with the Lord for forty years, he was very polished. He prayed over everything, never seemed to lose his temper, trusted God, and controlled his emotions. He looked the other way when a short skirt walked past us at the diner.
We went to the hardware store for nails and a little boy who was with us put some extra ones in his pocket. When the elder found them later, he drove all the way back to town to return those nails, because he hadn't paid for them. He was the real thing and when he prayed, God often answered him back. One night at church, He laid hands on the pastor's wife and she was instantly healed of cancer. The prayers of a righteous man can accomplish much (James 5:7).
From what he explained to me though, it was not always like this. When he was young he had quite the temper, and made many mistakes, but he sinned less these days. He had learned to discipline his body and make it behave. Like Paul said, 'I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected' (1 Corinthians 9:27).
That is the goal, and it is not a quick process. None of us are perfect, none of us are without sin, but we are working on it. Hopefully, I will sin less this year than last year. And if you do sin, repent and get back up. Grace, forgiveness, and acceptance can be yours if you only ask. We all fall down. Repent, get back up, and try to sin less.Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for saving me. Forgive me of any sin in my life. Wash me and I will be clean. Guide me to where I need to be. Help me walk upright as a child of the Most High God, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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