I am not a good girl! I’m just a plain old sinner dressed with good intentions!
Since the beginning of creation, humankind has been battling with sin. Romans 7:14-16 tells it straight up. The tale of our true struggle with sin.
“So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. “
And if not bad enough, I can be a pompous ass (forgive the expletive), who believes I can be perfect and do the right thing on “my own”. I can hold back sin with one hand while preparing dinner with the other. NOT! NOT!
A lil secret: just by thinking I can conquer sin by being a good girl (or trying) is a big fat lie - therefore..... a sin in itself!
The only good in me is provided by JESUS CHRIST. The only way I can even think to battle my sinful nature is to allow myself to first admit that I screw up. And the truth is, when relying solely upon me (and me only), I will continue to screw up!
Not a one of us is a saint. We may do good things, help the poor and so forth and so on.
However, there is a battle deep within every one of us.
It fights against us with every beat of our heart..
AND..it is not only about what we do.... it is in those times when we secretly hate (there isn’t a one of us who don’t; now and again), or cave in to temptation, or..yep, here it comes... when we think we are perfect... aha! that’s a sin too!
Still, GOD loves us, each and every single one of us; no matter where we come from, what we look like, how bad we are, how good we are, etc.
So much, that from way HE walks among us. And furthermore, knowing we needed to be saved, HE sent JESUS to walk among us and suffer for us.
All because GOD loves me this much:
Once I repent, and confess that JESUS is the only way- the only truth - the only good that will reside inside me. Only then will I be truly “good”. Truly Forgiven. Truly Loved.
Just gotta do one thing: admit our powerlessness. Admit that without CHRIST, we will literally will sin to death.
And whence it is said and done; comes Freedom through the Forgiveness Love. Life. and Joy of CHRIST and CHRIST alone!
So, this sinner, she choses love. Yes, unequivocally, happily -I chose JESUS! Because HE and HE alone saved and continues to save a shmuck like me! Amen ❤️