The Commonness of Our Sin and the Faithfulness of Our God
You will never see your sin -- or your God -- the same again.
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." This is both sobering and encouraging, isn't it?
On one hand, it means even the darkest, dirtiest sins that you struggle with are common to humanity -- how messed up is that?! Sin is worse than we can imagine. It's like a nuclear meltdown or explosion: it affects a huge radius of people, for generations to come.
Yet on the other hand, this verse strengthens us with the knowledge that, as dangerous and universal as sin is, others have successfully overcome it and you can to! Although David gave into the temptation to adultery, Joseph ran from it and escaped it. Although Peter denied his Lord, he would later preach and be imprisoned and be martyred for the sake of Christ. God has a detailed and current knowledge and control over each event, each person, each challenge that touches your life -- and he is faithful to lead us to victory over every trial or temptation as we trust in his goodness, sufficiency, and superiority in Jesus Christ!
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