You do not need to be perfect before Christ forgives you and welcomes you into His kingdom. He loves you the way you are… and wants to empower you to forgive others, to be forgiven by others, and to accept the forgiveness He freely offers you.
You can arrive at this by first admitting you’ve fallen short of the impossible standard of a Perfect God… you’re not perfect.
We’re all ready to admit that, but most of us use it as an excuse not to do better and don’t understand what that means to the reality of life.
When we say, “I’m only human,” it’s only true in the sense that we’re only fallen humans. We are not what we were created to be.
When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Romans 5:12 NLT
We were created to be in close relationship with our Creator. We were created to not be separated from our Father, His creation, our partners, and ourselves and yet… this is our reality.
Since sin came into the world, we have been separated from our true identities. We are separated from others and separated from creation. Perhaps most importantly, we are separated from the one who created us and saw every one of our days before one of them came to be.
But that changes when you admit you’ve fallen short… admit that you’ve sinned. The Bible says when we confess our sins; God will forgive us and cleanse us.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)
This is what happens when you tell God you’re sorry and decide to live your life with the knowledge that Jesus is in the driver’s seat of your life.
When your life doesn’t line up with Scripture, you change your life so that it does. You don’t ignore what the Bible says or complain, “It’s too difficult.” If God wants you to do something, He’ll empower you to do it.
Now some of you are saying “I already knew all that.” Great. Maybe you need to share it with someone else today?
But I want you to ask yourself, “Have I worked out its implication into every area of my life?”
If you have started, then God can empower you to do the difficult things we are about to discuss. They are part of His will, so He’ll help you to do them.
This is part of The Freedom of Forgiveness available at Imagine Distribution