The battle between the spirit and flesh baffles the mind. How can I be so in love with Christ, yet fall into old patterns of sin in the midst of it? It seems the sins I overcome, come back to haunt me over and over again. Just when I think I've triumphed over them, they pop their ugly heads and the battle rages once again.
In the past, I've allowed guilt to ride me so hard that I erect a wall between myself and God. But that is exactly what the enemy is after. He wants to come between my God and me. But, God says that if we confess are sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1John 1:9) What an amazing and comforting verse! He will not only forgive me, but He will make me clean.
I don't have to hide from him the way Adam and Eve did in the garden. No. Because of Christ, God will forgive and cleanse me when I come to Him, confessing what I've done. While Adam and Eve pointed the finger elsewhere when God confronted their sin, I can come boldly to God's throne of grace because I have a beautiful Savior who died to set me free from my sins.
Yes, I fall into the same sins over and over again. My flesh is frail and I will be susceptible to sin until this body is fully redeemed. But, God is faithful. His grace more than covers me for His grace is abundant.