My computer has contracted a virus that my anti-virus software cannot remove. This particular virus has the ability to reproduce itself apparently, so it keeps coming back. It’s something like generic dropper cmmi. It’s an annoying one.
I am currently running another program now that says it can eliminate this virus, but we’ll see. I aint holding my breath.
A reproducing virus that can’t be gotten rid of is not just a problem for my computer. I also have a virus that reproduces and just when I think I’ve dealt with it, gotten rid of it and flushed the system, it comes right back.
Sin gets me down. I get tired of blowing it. I get tired of the struggle, sometimes it’s easier just to give in and get it over with than fight and still end up doing it anyway.
Christians offer two bits of advice at this point:
1) You’re probably not saved. Saved people don’t sin. Christ eradicates the old man and sin never causes you to tumble again. If it does, you know you aren’t saved.
2) Hey, no worries mate, there is no condemnation to those in Christ! It doesn’t really matter. Don’t let it get you down.
Both answers completely fall flat for me.
Sinless perfection exists in some people’s heads, but a brief observation of their lives shows they are merely not paying attention. (One guy I follow on Facebook that claims to be sinlessly perfect posted a picture the other day with “OMG” on it. I chuckled. Which was a sin, but I never claimed to be free from it.)
I am free from condemnation in Christ, but to even hint at the possibility that sin shouldn’t bother a guy anymore seems much closer to having a hardened conscience than it does to spiritual sensitivity. Sin is disobedience to God, how can a guy not be bothered by that?
Sin is an evil beast. I do put all my faith in Jesus Christ who will ultimately deliver me from the body of this death. But until I reach that finish line, I will continue to lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets me.
I won’t win til I’m done and I aint done yet. Never give up the fight against sin. Don’t fall for sinless mindlessness but pray that you enter not into temptation. Don’t revel in a spiritual happy zone that makes sin harmless. Sin is always dangerous. Flee. Resist. He is faithful to cleanse us.
Then flee again. Resist again. He is still faithful.
So, flee again. Resist again. He’s still faithful.
Don’t stop. The race needs to be finished.
Flee. Resist. He is faithful.