Personal Iniquity

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

We struggle constantly with temptations and proclivities. The unhealthy desires that mask our past pain overwhelm our current convictions. As a result, we fail morally on a regular basis.

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 apparently 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 of time. Some knots may not unravel until we enter heaven.


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

Now that we are older we still fall occasionally, but look 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 after years of practice.

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

Advance Knowledge

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