Every single one of us falls into temptation. When we do, it feels like we’re alone. Sometimes, the sin can be so shameful that we will keep it to ourselves for fear of people rejecting us, leaving us, or judging us. God does call us to follow Him and not sin, but we are also human and fall short of His glory.
That’s why Jesus Christ came down from Heaven and died on the cross for our sins. That’s why He rose to life and lives today because He took your sin upon Himself. He Himself was sinless and blameless and yet He loved you so much, that He took the sins you committed yesterday, the ones you did today, and the ones you will do tomorrow.
Because of His gift of eternal life, you are free. If you sincerely seek His forgiveness and repent and turn from your sin, God will forgive you.
This isn’t an excuse to go sin whenever you want. We have to make conscious efforts to turn away from our sin. It isn’t easy. Our bodies are flesh and the flesh is just as easily tempted as the human mind is easily swayed. Not to mention Satan prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he will devour. He wants to kill you, to steal your joy and peace, and utterly destroy you. God has come that you may have life and have it abundantly. He has good plans for your life, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.
Whenever our flesh or our minds are being overwhelmed with the temptation to sin – any sin – God will offer us a way out. It may not be easy, but when we accepted Jesus to live inside our hearts as our Lord and Savior, we became new creations. Spiritually speaking, we crucified and died with Him, or at least, our old self did. Giving into sin at this point is like slaves who have been freed and now live in a free and wonderful place, but they still hear the commands of their slave master across the street and obey them. Ridiculous, isn’t it? You are no longer a slave to sin or to Satan, or even to your own desires. You have been freed by Jesus Christ because of His love for you! You are a new creation, now embrace the freedom that God has given you today.
Put a smile on your face and thank God for all He has done for you, especially for His gift of salvation and freedom from sin and temptation.