Our pastor shared something recently that has stuck with me. It’s regarding the idea that we are called as Christians to crucify the flesh with all its passions. While most well-taught Christians get this, we don’t all go after our sins with such hatred. Especially the ones with which we’ve become comfortable.
Oftentimes we’re discouraged by our besetting sins, those sins we seem to struggle with over and over again. We can feel guilty, even condemned that we just aren’t changing as fast as we would like or think we should. Or it could be we’re angry over our spouse’s besetting sins and the effects they’re having on us personally and our family.
Why such a struggle? Why do some sins seem to fall away the minute we get saved, no longer to tempt or entice us, and yet others stick around causing much heartache?
I don’t have an answer for that, but what I do want to share is the thought my pastor shared that has stayed with me…
The Bible says in Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
He went on to remind us that crucifixion is a slow and painful death. It isn’t like being beheaded where death is instant. No, Crucifixion takes time, but another thing is also true–crucifixion brings certain death. No one survives it.
If you are discouraged about your sin or your spouse’s on-going struggle with certain sins, know that although the road is long and difficult to freedom, the death of this sin is certain. Christ has promised this…
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:36
Let this Truth inform your doubts, fears and discouragements today. Continue fighting sin. Continue interceding for your spouse’s fight against sin. And watch and see what God will do. He who promised is faithful!