Hey beautiful people! I am so excited about this blog post and ready to be honest with you guys! Here, I open up about my struggle of trying to be perfect (and never sin) as well as getting hard on myself whenever I do sin. I will share with you guys what the Lord has been teaching me to do whenever I fall short and realize that we, humans, are never going to be perfect (and that is okay!). I love being open because I know that we all struggle and it is amazing to know that you are never alone. Hope you learn something from this message today. ♡
OPENING UP ABOUT THE STRUGGLE
As mentioned above, something that I have been struggling with is trying to be perfect, in other words, “sinless”. I noticed that whenever I have sinned against God or made a mistake, then I get hard on myself. At the beginning of my relationship with God, I remember I used to sit in shame because of this. God keeps reminding me constantly, “Bea, it is impossible to be perfect, that is why I sent my Son, Jesus, to die for you.” Through my journey with God and college so far, God has been teaching me so much on this topic. I also have been seeing videos talking about showing grace on yourself just as God has shown us grace. Sitting here typing this right now, I do feel better because I am realizing I am not perfect and that is okay. I feel peace from God that He is here to work on me with this struggle. I am not perfect but I serve a perfect God. All we need to do is fix our eyes on Jesus and He will pick us up when we fall.
JESUS WILL PICK US UP
Becoming a Christ-follower does not mean that we automatically become sinless. God knows we would not be perfect and that is why He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us (of course it does not mean take advantage of Jesus and Him dying for us). We will still mess up and sin as followers of Christ regardless of how hard we try because we live in a fallen, broken world filled with sin. This is why we have Jesus; Jesus is there to pick us back up whenever we make mistakes. God is not there to condemn us whenever we fall short, but to correct us out of love. Romans 8:1 says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus”. God wants to work with us on whatever we are struggling with. This reminds me of the passage in Matthew where Jesus was walking on water and Peter came along with Him to walk on water. When Peter saw the strength of the wind, fear, and doubt filled his mind which made him sink in the water. The passage says, “Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”‘ – Matthew 14:31 ♡. Even though Peter was filled with fear and doubt in Jesus while walking on water, Jesus still reached His hand out for Peter to pick him back up. Whenever we fall, Jesus is reaching His hand out for us.
WHEN WE FALL, RUN TO THE FATHER
Whenever we sin, the enemy wants us to run away from God, beat ourselves up, and sit in shame. Running away from God reminds me of the book of Genesis where Adam and Eve ate from the fruit of the tree that God told them not to eat from. When they heard the sound of God, they both hid from God (Genesis 3:8 ♡). They hid because of shame. Instead of us running away from God, we should run towards Him. We should come before God asking for forgiveness truly out of our hearts desiring to change and to become more like Christ. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. God will forgive us if we ask for forgiveness truly out of our hearts. God is there to help us and pick us back up. As I mentioned above, I tend to get hard on myself and this hurts God because I am His creation, He has shown me grace, and He does not want me to beat myself up. He does not want you to beat yourself up. Jesus dying on the cross is enough, and His resurrection has proved that there is no more room for shame or guilt.
Friends, we are all going to make mistakes from time to time, we are only human. This is all easier said than done but we can always pray and ask God to help us to run to Him and He will! (He wants to help us!). We can never reach the standards of perfection, but God alone is perfect. God taught me that if I was so perfect then I would not need Him; Jesus would have not needed to die on the cross. I am so glad God is teaching me about this topic in this season of life. One thing I know is that I am not perfect, but Jesus is. Let us continue to fix our eyes on our Heavenly Father. Being filled with His Holy Spirit will help us daily. Do God a favor and give yourself some grace :)).
I love you guys so much, but God loves you so much more!!
Love Bea ♡