Personal Iniquity

Some of us walk in harmony with God with a noticeable limp.

We always struggle with temptations and proclivities. Unhealthy desires mask our past pain and overwhelm our current convictions. As a result, we frequently fail morally.

We will give up on God if we think our unrighteousness means that he is ineffective, that we are irreparably defective, or that this “God-thing” works for a select few, but not for us.

These conclusions are incorrect.

Persistent personal iniquity simply evidences the Scriptural truth that we are fallen people with an inherently sinful nature.


We all have knots of unrighteousness. Some are outwardly visible and known to those around us. Others are hidden inside and known only to us.

Some knots are tighter than others. Untying them requires earnest effort over a long period. Some knots may not unravel until we enter heaven.


As toddlers, we frequently fell when learning to walk. However, we did not give up on the idea of walking just because we fell. We stood up and tried again.

Now that we are older, we still fall occasionally, but look at how well we walk most of the time.

Likewise, we often fall morally as we learn to walk in harmony with God. We may still fall regularly, even after years of practice.

However, just because we fall does not mean we should quit trying to live righteously. We need to simply stand up and try again—as often as necessary.

Advance Knowledge

God chose to love us despite his advanced knowledge about all our imperfections. Nothing we ever think, say, or do will ever change his mind.

God wants us to walk in harmony with him as best we can, even though we will never be perfect in this life because it benefits us and delights him.