Re: A day without sin?
I believe that, if we truly understood how high the bar is, we’d more fully appreciate the level of our depravity (even at our best as Christians) and our complete need of, and reliance on, our Savior. I really think that, if God, say, set off a flashing light and siren every time that we didn’t meet HIS standard (instead of our human interpretation of His standard), we’d at best measure our successful stretches in minutes or hours, not days.
THIS. “Human interpretation of his standard” is absolutely right. Even if we THINK we went a day without sinning we’re probably way off base.
David wrote in Psalm 51 “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
Isaiah tells it how it is in 64:6 (the harsh truth):
“But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
I find that verse very pertinent to this discussion.
And we have to remember that even “The thought of foolishness [is] sin” (Proverbs 24:9). That’s something that I struggle with in a major way. I know I’ve never gone a day without a sinful thought.
And after all of this, we have to keep in mind “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked” (Jer 17:9). If we think we went a day without sinning, we’re probably deceived.
And even then, if we truly did never intentionally sin that entire day, that’s only avoiding the sins we KNEW about. We have sins seen and unseen. Of course there’s no way of knowing in the moment how often we sin unseen- totally unawares. Sometimes we are blessed with clarity of hindsight and the LORD reveals them to us later.
Any time that I’ve started to feel that I was really getting a handle on my sin, God would either (1) peel away another layer and reveal the wrongness of behaviors that I hadn’t previously considered to be sinful or (2) remind me that pride is in fact a sin.
Not meant to be a downer. Just a reminder of how much God truly loves us, how much sin we each place on Jesus, and how grateful we should be.
Amen, amen, amen.
I LOVE the idea of Christian perfection. It IS what we should all strive for, and we are in fact called to (just like Travis said in Mat 5:48), but I don’t believe we ever obtain that in this life, even for a single day.
Praise GOD that he cleanses us perfectly in the end!