The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
Did you know that this Scripture is the closest the Bible comes to saying that sex before marriage and masturbation are wrong? Religious leaders have inserted those two categories of sex into the category of sexual immorality, adding to the sins we’ve committed. Maybe they’re right. But even if we dismiss those two acts, there are few who haven’t participated in hatred, discord, or jealousy.
Through God’s grace, Jesus saves us from sins of passion, idolatry, personal struggles, and chemical addictions. Jesus became God in human form and encountered all of our battles while he was alive. He knows and understands what you’ve gone through and why you did what you did. He loves you and doesn’t want you to suffer. That’s why he took your sin on the cross.
God is the God of second chances. All you have to do to receive his grace is to pray and believe a simple prayer: Father, I’m sorry for my wrongdoings. I believe Jesus is Lord and that you raised him from the dead. Let Jesus save me.
If you have prayed that prayer or a similar one, you will inherit the kingdom of God and live with him forever. (Romans 10:9 and John 3:16)
Yes, you will still sin because no human was made perfect, but you won’t live in the acts of your flesh because Jesus took your wrongdoings away. God sees you as righteous because Jesus sacrificed himself for you on the cross. That’s why we celebrate Easter.
Father, I praise you for letting Jesus’ sacrifice take away my sin. Help me obey your commandment to love, so I don’t hurt others with the acts of my flesh. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.