Today, I lost my cool, opened my mouth, said the wrong things and now I feel like a schmuck. Why don’t I just shut up when I get angry? My behavior today was another shining example of why I will never be a good Christian.
There is no such thing as a good Christian. Paul said, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:18).
God’s work of salvation, redemption and reconciliation has been completed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because of my faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning death on the cross, I am not a good Christian, but a saved sinner.
Still I fight against the Spirit’s insistence that I obey the living God. Each time the Spirit opposes my sinful nature, my sinful nature opposes the Spirit. Paul said in Galatians, “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want” (5:17).
Like Paul, I want to be obedient to God in Christ through the Spirit. I want to be less angry, and I want to shut up when I am mad. This transformation will happen only when I learn to surrender to the Holy Spirit before my sinful nature deceives me into disobedience to God.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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