Christian life is a journey. No matter how holy and righteous one portrays, they fail. The fact is that temptations overtake every single person on some level and sin is conceived. Perhaps my stumbling is different that yours but sin is sin in the eyes of God.
Great news is, it doesn’t mean that it’s over. Even though at the moment, it feels like it. Sense of shame and hopelessness settles in and future looks dark. The enemy of our soul is strong at work. Satan send thoughts to derail us from the forgiveness and mercy of our heavily Father. He is the master of it.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Cor 12:9 (NKJV)
Jesus told Paul that His grace, the great mercy, is strong when he is weak at the moment. I think the resounding question is, “WHY?!” So when I am beat down and at a low point God strength as made perfect? Does that even make sense? The answer is yes.
The truth is, point of weakness is a point of a shame, lowliness, disappointment and inadequacy. You have nothing good to show for yourself. There is no pride or confidence in your righteousness and strength. You failed just like any other person in this world. Yet, it’s the exact point when God can lift you up as you come to Him. There is no self reliance.
There is no “you got this” or “I am a good and strong person” speech. That is when you see how sufficient Gods grace towards you is. You realize that it’s God who gives the courage to keep going after fall. You wouldn’t forgive yourself, but God forgives you. You would punish yourself, but God shows mercy. You hate yourself, but God shows you unconditional love.
In essence you admit that only God is big enough in grace to pick you up. Thus, making His strength perfect when you are weak.
You will stumble. You live in a sinful world and flesh takes the best of you. That is why Paul says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” – Rom 3:23-24 (NKJV). The difference is that believer falls and gets up while sinner stays and goes deeper into sin.
The difference is Jesus.
As born again children of God, you are able to be conquerer! God can lift you up and forgive your sins; thus, making you strong and perfect in Him. Keep your focus only on Christ for He is sufficient.