I really understand how it feels when one can’t seem to overcome habitual sin. And each time you probably cry or you feel so bad, you then ask for forgiveness.
The guilt of sin makes one feel like “God probably hates me now,” and I get it when this question pops up. Does God still love me even though I keep sinning?
I am sure you are not the only one feeling like this, at this moment. Someone (I personally have felt like this) has felt like this before, and someone somewhere in the world is feeling like that at the moment.
Does God Still Love me Even Though I Keep Sinning?
Yes. God still loves you even though you keep sinning. But it is also important that you know God hates sin and its acts, and He does not want you to live in sin.
Even though He wants to help you become like Him, He does not hate you now because of those sins.
The grace He has made available for you in Jesus Christ is to free you from the power of sin and its consequences.
Important Things You Need to know about the Love of God in Times Like This
I want you to know this about the love of God, in relation to what we are talking about in this article.
- It is not something that you can earn
You can’t earn the love of God. If the love of God was a reward, nobody would have been able to earn it.
It took God’s love for the world, to send Jesus to die for our sins and reconcile us back to Him.
- His love seeks out
I don’t know if you have heard of the parable of the lost sheep. The love of God is likened to the shepherd who has 100 sheep, and one of them strayed away and will leave to find the lost sheep.
God’s love is seeking to restore way more than you are worried to know if God still loves you. He hasn’t forsaken you, He is seeking you out.
- His love forgives
His love is ready to forgive you if you are ready. He is ever ready to forgive, and won’t turn away from a repentant heart.
- His love keeps you
His love will enable you the ability to live over sin. He helps you to live above sin.
Things You Should NEVER Do When Struggling With Sin
When we sin, guilt makes us do things that further draw us away from God, rather than to God where we can get the help that we need. Here are things you should never do:
- NEVER Run away from the fellowship of believers
In times when we struggle with sin, or we fall into sin, guilt may make you feel like you are unclean to go to fellowship with other Christians in church.
No. Don’t fall into that trap. Don’t suck in your guilt and draw away from God’s people where you can open up to someone you can receive encouragement, and also be prayed with.
- NEVER Run away from the presence of God
I really understand that this period is most often the one where prayer feels like an impossible task.
Even if it is just to lie in your bed, saying words to the Lord. Those words might seem so few and scattered, but the Lord hears you.
Hebrew 4:16 says “let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Never withdraw from praying because you sinned. It is just like saying you got sick, but then you refuse to go see your doctor.
- NEVER Doubt God’s forgiveness
One thing that can also affect believers is doubting God’s forgiveness. Doubting God’s forgiveness means you don’t believe his words.
When you ask God for forgiveness, believe that He has forgiven you, as He has said in His words.
1 John 1:9 says “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
- NEVER Try to do it on your own
Don’t think you can handle this on your own. Consistently seek God’s help, depending on the Holy Spirit for strength to carry you through.
We have received grace, and this grace is not just for our sins. It gives us power over sin with the help of the Holy Spirit who God gave to us, as His own.
Let the Holy Spirit be your help. Don’t try on your own.
- NEVER think God will eventually punish you
God is not waiting for you to falter, and then punish you for it. You are His, and He wants you to live like Him, and reflect His life here on earth, while you make Him known by heralding His gift of salvation to all.
- NEVER Think God hates you now
Don’t think that God has changed His mind towards you. His love has not changed because of your mistakes.
He just wants you to live in the reality of your identity in Christ Jesus.
- NEVER Indulge
Don’t be fair on your boundaries – stick to them. Don’t play around with what can trigger you to fall into the temptation to sin.
- NEVER Focus on the sin
Your focus should be fellowshipping with God and finding strength in Him to live His life, as you walk with Him.
Things You NEED to Do When Struggling With Sin
There are important things you need to do and focus on in times like this, to get back on track spiritually.
This simply means that you decide to turn away from your sins and ask God for forgiveness on them.
- Ask God for help
It is important that you ask God for help, as you can’t do it on your own.
- Spend time with God
Spend time in fellowship with God every day. Study the scriptures, and pray.
Most times when we struggle with sin, it can be traced to the fact that we are actually struggling in our personal place of fellowship with God.
Spend quality time with God.
- Alienate yourself from anything that causes you to sin
If you have found out that anything triggers you to sin, stay away from it. Don’t entertain the triggers, or what can put you in a situation to fall into sin.
Does God Want Me to Stay in the Sins?
God’s will for you is not to live a life where you are a servant to sin. His salvation does not just offer your forgiveness of sins and reconciliation, it gives you the ability to live above sins.
I know you are struggling with one sin or the other, and you may be even at a point where you are tired of it all.
Here I am, saying that you should not, keep walking with God, and see the hold of sin break completely loose.
God loves you so much!
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