As we all know, after we accept Jesus as our Savior, we will continue to sin. We daily fight against our fallen flesh. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “…For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing…For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me,” Romans 7:14-25 (NIV).
By God’s grace with the help of the Holy Spirit, this fight produces the fruits of the spirit. We develop patience, mercy, long-suffering and love. Thus, we are transformed into His character-likeness (Romans 12:1,2).
When we daily fail, we run to God and confess our sins asking for Jesus’ blood to cover our imperfections. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We need to stay under the Jesus’ blood to continue to be forgiven and to be transformed.
Jude 1:21-23 (CSB), “…keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life…have mercy on others but with fear, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.” It is only by continually staying under Jesus’ atoning blood that we stay in God’s love.