1. steve
    April 17, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    i used to be a sinner without understanding forgiveness. Now I am a sinner, more aware of my sins, but I know that I am forgiven – no questions asked.


  2. davidmartinhanke
    April 17, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    I’m with you Steve. It seems that a lot of the work God is doing in me is to make me aware of my sin at deeper and deeper levels. But also more and more aware of His grace. It’s kind of like a road trip– oh yeah! I’ve been here before. I see this weakness, this sin. But I also see how He is changing and transforming me.


  3. Elizabeth
    April 19, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    Thanks, Steve & David! Love your honesty. I also find it helpful to remember that I am a saint, who does sin, yes, but who has all she needs in Christ not to. There is nothing I need to do (or can do!) to become a saint. It is my position, because of the life, death & resurrection of Jesus. Therefore, in helps me to remember, in my own battles with sin, that I am a saint who is becoming like Christ.

    It’s amazing to me that I don’t have to earn that title of saint (“holy one”). I need not try to become a saint—I am a saint who is being made like Christ. As you say, that process involves the painful peeling off of the skin of sin at times (to use a Narnia image), but I am still a saint, whose life has been bought with a price.

    So to use David’s language in the blog—I was a sinner, but Jesus rose from the dead, and I am now a saint, wanting to be ever-more dependent on His wisdom, grace, mercy and love to lead me through the snare of sin in this world, which has no actual power over me, but is certainly there and will always be our battle til we cross over or He returns!


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