I’m Not a Sinner, I’m a Christian who Sins (#ThereIsADifference #BiblicalInspiration #SalvationSunday)

I’ve heard Christians say, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace.” I agree with Charles Stanley that such a statement is erroneous. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). You cannot be a sinner if you’re a new creature. It’s a contradictory statement. What I find true is that Christians are people who sin. This article will explore and explain that truth in my own life.

Christian Sin.Saved by Grace

A sinner is a person who does something repeatedly. It’s a way of life without any reprieve. An example would be a cigarette smoker. I used to be one and I smoked multiple times per day. I made sure I had cigarettes on hand, something to light them with, and knew where to go to smoke if not allowed to do so indoors. I quit a couple times before stopping permanently. My friends knew when I quit because they’d see me refuse to smoke. They’d ask for a cigarette and I wouldn’t have any. They’d ask for a light, I didn’t have one. I didn’t hang out with them in smoking areas. There was inevitably a day when I’d venture into the smoking area and ask for a cigarette. With a slight frown as a questioning look, they’d give me one. I knew that look. It asked, “Didn’t you quit?” Some even said it aloud in jest. I’d throw back, “ I did quit. I just felt like I needed one right now.” I wasn’t a smoker. I was a person who occasionally smoked. Can you see the difference?

 Christian Sin.Sunrays

Let’s move on to the thoughts that swirled around in my head this morning as I lay in bed. I thought about how some people, most people, are unable to sleep in a lit room. Me? I don’t have a problem with that. The light beams in and the warmth of the sun sometimes lulls me back to sleep. Though there are times it feels to me as if I’m lying in God’s presence; the light is Him smiling on me. I feel that I’m absorbing His warmth and viewing the light of the world and life He has prepared for me, not just in eternity, but here on this earth as well. I speak to Him. My spirit worships and praises Him. Yet, my soul is corrupted and continues to find pleasure in thoughts of sin. In the light of His grace, the view of my eternal home with Him, is it a home where you have to wipe your feet before entering? A place where you remove your shoes so as to not soil the flooring? That wonderful flooring that is a sea of glass (Revelation 4:6).

Christian Sin.Choice

How can it be that my spirit sings praise as my soul contemplates sin? I often think of Paul and his writings in Romans chapter 7. That which I shouldn’t do, I do. That which I should do, I don’t do. When I would do good, evil is present with me. It’s no longer I that sin, but sin that dwells within me. How true are those scriptures in my life, in me. I find my own weakness and strength, as well as understanding in the verse – “who shall save me from this body of sin” – and comfort in knowing it’s Christ Jesus. He is the only one Who can.

 Christian Sin.Trinity

I thought about a teaching I heard recently on the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ, the physical body of God), and God the Spirit. God is three-in-one and each part is always in complete agreement. Not so with me. I am a soul (heart, mind, will), a physical body, and have a spirit; the spirit of life that God breathed into me that caused me to become a living soul. In comparison: God the Father in earthly terms is my soul, my will and emotions. God the Son, the physical body of Christ in earthly terms is my own physical body. God the Spirit in earthly terms is my spirit. My soul, body and spirit are not always in total unison. For that to happen, I need to constantly feed my spirit so that it overflows into my soul, which then brings my body into subjection.

 Christian Sin.Bad Thoughts

Each day is a struggle, some more so than others. I’m aware of my sinfulness as I lay in God’s presence (Jeremiah 17:9). I see His mercy and grace as my spirit praises Him as my soul (heart, mind, will) battles within itself. Who can and will save me from my body of death? Who continues to love me and strengthen me to feed on His Word and seek His face and His ways? Who allows all things to work together for my good that the end will tell the story of His grace and provide encouragement for others? Christ Jesus.

 Christian Sin.Dont Judge

Don’t judge others because of where they are in life or their actions. To judge them is to focus on them. Your focus should be on yourself. If you think someone is wrong, pray for them and also pray for yourself that you don’t become consumed with thinking yourself above them and have no sin in your soul or body (1 John 1:8-10; I Corinthians 10:29) . Better yet, focus on God, His ways, and how you may please Him with the life He has given you.

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deborah

I journeyed from GED to PhD with a host of experiences in-between. I'm a lover of penning my thoughts whether as poetry, prose, short stories, essays, inspirational articles, reviews, journal entries, and more.

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