SELF-EXAMINATION: PART 4
II CORINTHIANS 13:5
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I JOHN 3: 5 - 9
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"Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither
seen Him nor knows Him" (I John 3:6).
JESUS CHRIST said, "I am come that you might have life and that
you might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).
It seems strange that we who pastor hear few excited Christians
talking about the joy of this abundant life. Instead we hear,
"When I received Christ as my Savior, I felt instant excitement.
Christ forgave me and gave me victory over my past failures and
sins. A sense of acceptance and love flooded my life. It was
thrilling for a few days. Then it happened! I sinned and the
emotional high resulted in a crash. I am defeated and drained."
Unfortunately, often some person comes along who assures such a
down Christian, that if they just had more faith, they would
push through to a state of perfection as they have and never sin
again. This makes the new believer even more frustrated and a
sense of failure deepens.
Sin is always wrong and never justifiable in the life of a
Christian. However, the Christian who sins is a justified
believer who can rebound. Sin is always wrong and never right in
the life of a Christian. It is never excusable but always
The Bible never seeks to cover and hide the sins of abeliever.
Abraham, at a stage of spiritual weakness, went to Egypt and
lied to Pharaoh. Later he tried to "help God" and improperly had
a son by his wife's maid.
Peter attempted to murder a man and then denied Christ three
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