Think about the “worst” sins you’ve committed. Maybe it was a porn addiction, the betrayal of a family member or friend, deceiving someone to benefit from self-interests, or maintaining a damaging relationship.
Now think about how you tried to handle it. Were you obsessing about the issue and how big it was? Did you worry about how weak you were to overcome the sin? Did you keep falling into the sin and dealing with it in a way that hurt you and those around you?
When we fall into sinful habits, we usually respond in a number of negative ways:
We become irritated and impatient, demanding that God remove temptations.
We try to find ways to cope with it, stress-eating or overdosing on medication or isolating ourselves.
We constantly worry about the situation, wondering if God is there and if He will even help us.
The problem here is that we’re so quick to forget that God isn’t like us. He is so much greater and so much stronger than we are.
He is greater and stronger than our problems.
While we fumble around, hoping our sins will disappear, or become engulfed by them, God overcomes them.
Our downfalls, Our sins, and Our addictions have already been overcome by the King of Kings.
Soak that in for a moment.
Jesus has overcome every single struggle. He has conquered every single concern.
That doesn’t make your struggles any less difficult. I know life is a constant battle.
But life is not unbearable.
Why? Because Jesus has already borne the weight of our sins. When He died on the cross, our bulimia, our sexual sins, our perfectionism, our deception, and our pride died with Him.
The burden of these sins is not unbearable because God has ultimately put them to death.
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”
Colossians 2:13-14 ESV
When Christ died on the cross, He cancelled out every single sin that we would commit against Him. We are no longer bound to our sins.
The King has conquered the world. No matter what we face, we need to remember that He is in control and He can help us overcome anything.