Hey guys! I'm so sorry I haven't been on in awhile! With the start of school and sports in full swing I have had very little time to write. I will try to make time to write more often! Well, this has been on my heart for a bit and so I thought I would share!
What if I told you that you are a saint? Would you believe me? I know I didn't believe the person who told me that for the first time. I mean I'm a sinner, right? I could never be good enough to be a saint, right? Wrong. The first thing I was wrong about was thinking that I am a sinner. I am sure that all of you have been told or heard time and time again that we are all sinners, but if you have asked for forgiveness and have let Christ save you, you are not a sinner any longer. You WERE a sinner. I WAS a sinner. Yes, I still sin, but I have been trying not to more and more and you know what? When I do sin, I ask for forgiveness and decide that I will never again make that choice to sin in that way again. If you ask me, there is a difference between being a sinner and being a person who sins. Sin does not govern my life anymore. A sinner sins habitually. A sinner is an ungodly person who does not have faith in God. I think that is the difference between being a sinner and being a person who does sin. Romans 5:8 says "while we were still sinners." WERE. Were is in the past. We are no longer sinners. Through Christ, we have died to sin. I'm sorry but a sinner can't have died to sin. That just wouldn't make any sense. 1 John 3:9 says, "No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God." Never does he say that the believe cannot commit a sin. We all sin. It happens, but a believer does not keep on sinning habitually. Sinner is used to talk about the ungodly or enemies of God in the Bible. That moment that you chose to accept God into your heart you quit being a sinner. So many people say that we as Christians sin everyday or we are all sinners. I really, really don't like hearing that. All it does is give Christians a low standard and make us think it is expected of us to sin so we might as well do it. No no no no no. We should never think it is okay to sin, because it isn't! We, as Christians, need to change the standard. We need to change the low expectation and raise it. Raise it much, much higher. A Christian cannot be a sinner. A sinner is an enemy of God and no Christian should ever be an enemy of God. I think we are saints. I think that being a saint is the standard we need to set and make that an expectation of Christians. You will act like what you tell yourself you are. I think that you will notice a very positive change in your behavior if you stop telling yourself that you are a sinner and it's okay because everyone is. YOU are a saint. That is the standard you need to set for yourself as an example of Christ.
Okay, that may have been a bit confusing. Please please please please please, if you are at all confused comment on this or something and I would love to go more in depth! There is so much more scripture on this topic that I would love to share and explain to you! The only scripture I put in the reference today is kind of the self explainable verses. If you need absolutely any explanation or more biblical proof or anything else, PLEASE feel free to ask. I am really passionate about this topic and want the standard for Christians to be raised because I know it can be. Remember, you are a saint.
You are Beautiful.
Main Scriptural References:
1 Peter 2:24
1 John 3:9