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I am often asked by those who read my column if I actually “walk the walk” or practice what I write here in the paper.
The answer is I try.
Do I fail miserably at times? You bet I do. The truth is I often feel either like I am a failure at being a Christian or at best a lukewarm Christian.
What the scriptures tell us about lukewarm Christians in Rev 3:16 is: “because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
I think we know what the scriptures tell us about the lost. I do not intend to sin or continue to sin and am ashamed when I do.
It is comforting knowing that, per 1 John, 2:2, Jesus “is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
I often reflect on the life of Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament.
Paul killed Christians before he saw Christ then changed his ways and was forgiven.
I am in no way comparing myself to Paul other than I am greatly comforted that God forgave him and forgives you and I through the sacrifice of the lamb, our savior, Jesus.
Now, when discussing sin and forgiveness of sin, we must not leave out repentance. Repentance is confessing sin and turning away or committing to not continue to repeat the sinful act.
Luke 13:3: “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Jesus said in Matthew 4:17: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” In Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”
I guess in summary, I am acknowledging I am a miserable sinner that takes great joy in knowing that through repentance God forgives even me.
Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him at email@example.com.