Lay aside every weight

Sometimes when trying to live the Christian life we can have bad days, weeks, or even years when all we seem to do is wrong.  This can bring us down and get us to the point where we don’t even want to try.  However, before we get to that point it is important to remember that other people have felt this way, even those bible characters we would perceive as “good” and “strong in faith”. 
For example, David - a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) also said “I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me” Psalm 51:3. 
Also, the Apostle Paul admitted that “the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do” Romans 7:19.  So in these examples we can see that sin and our acknowledgement of it is a part of the Christian life. 
Rather than become despondent about these matters, or even complacent, we should turn again to the scriptures and continue in the same Psalm where we see that David pleaded with God to “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” Psalm 51:9-10.  He also rejoiced in the knowledge of the grace of God’s forgiveness Psalm 32:1 “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” and Paul quotes this in Romans 4.  Similarly Paul, explaining the nature of sin to the Romans, describes the blessing that we have by the grace of God “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 5:21.  Paul reminds us that the grace of forgiveness comes through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” Colossians 1:14.   
So then, the next time we are weighed down with our own sins and stupid mistakes, let us remember that if we want forgiveness and true peace, the LORD God has provided a way and a great hope for the future when we will have to battle against sin no longer.  Therefore let us “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;” Hebrews 12:1.

Daily Readings

Today: 23 January 2018