Personal Iniquity

Everyone who walks in harmony with God has a limp.

We struggle with worldly temptations and personal proclivities. Unhealthy desires mask our past pain and overwhelm our current convictions.

As a result, we frequently fail to abide by God’s moral standards.

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

These conclusions are incorrect.

Personal iniquity simply evidences the Scriptural truth that we retain our sinful nature after our spiritual rebirth.

The persistence of our unrighteousness merely affirms that our salvation is a matter of God’s grace, not our merit.

Knots

Every reborn believer has knots of unrighteousness. Some are readily apparent and conspicuous to everyone. Others are hidden in our hearts and known only to us.

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

Nonetheless, we should continuously strive to untie our knots as best we can with God’s help because his highest priority is for us to know him in all his fullness.

Turning to God each time we need help draws us closer to him, which enables us to better comprehend his excellence.

Toddlers

As toddlers, we frequently fell while learning to walk, but each time we stood up and tried again because the benefits of mobility were worth the effort.

Likewise, we often fall as we walk in harmony with God. But we should always stand up and try again because the value of his companionship is inestimable.

God’s Foreknowledge

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

His atonement for our sins—past, present, and future—is exhaustive and irrevocable. His forgiveness always exceeds our sinfulness.