Sin. It’s something we all have. It’s something we all need to overcome. The Bible says that ‘All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,’ (Romans 3:23). Sin divides us from the Father, so we can no longer have an intimate relationship with Him. As much as you may think that you are great, think again. The Bible also says in Isaiah 64, verse 6, that ‘All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all of our righteous acts are like filthy rags.’ Nothing is good about us. Nothing is lovely of stunning. Some women think that they are lovely, that no one could be more beautiful than they are, but the reality is, no one, at all, is beautiful in the sight of God, which is where it really counts.
Please take heart, though, for this isn’t the end of our story. A man who was totally righteous, who had never sinned in his life, paid the price for our sins. He was held ransom for us. He willingly died one of the worst deaths there ever was, so that we might be saved. Though he died, three days later, he rose from the dead. Through this man, Jesus, who is God with us, we can have a relationship with God, but only through Him. If we admit that we are sinners, that we posses no true beauty in ourselves; if we believe that Jesus came to save us, so that we might live forever with Him; and if we confess our sins to Him, and ask for forgiveness, then we can become beautiful, but only because Jesus Christ, with all of His splendor and glory, lives in us.
Once we give Jesus everything, we must turn from all the evil, nasty, and self-centered, things we once did. We have to replace it with godliness, holiness, and acts of kindness. Once this process is made complete within us, we can experience joy, happiness, hope, peace, and many other things which can only last through serving God.
After we become consumed by Jesus and Him alone, we must bank on being fought at by the devil, for he is always trying to destroy our faith. James 1:2-4 says ‘ Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything.’
Take heart, my brothers and sisters, as you go about your journey of following Christ Jesus. Put all of your trust in Him, and you will not be disappointed.