Do you feel as though you can’t stop sinning? If you will continue the fight for faith and purity, Jesus has unlimited patience and will not give up on you.
Think about the patience of this great Messiah whom we follow together, who is at the center of our life as a spiritual community.
He has divine patience. The apostle Paul describes Jesus’ patience as perfect.
Paul had experienced that firsthand. He writes:
“12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” —1 Timothy 1:12–16
Jesus was patient with Paul before Paul became a Christian, while he was a blasphemer and persecutor of Christians and insolent enemy of Christ.
And Jesus was patient with him after he became a Christian, when he was less than perfect, for he admits, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect” (Philippians 3:12).
While we must never presume on the Lord’s patience or take it for granted or abuse it, we must trust in his patience in our times of failure and discouragement. When we sin, especially when we are defeated again by a chronic sin over which we have repented and grieved many times, we must not despair. If we sincerely keep fighting that sin, Christ will keep being patient.
The difference between this and hypocrisy is, the hypocrite is not fighting the sin and is not sincerely grieving in its aftermath.
Can’t stop sinning?
Jesus loves you. He is slow to anger. Jesus will not give up on you. He is with you for a lifetime. He is patience personified.