Q. I absolutely know that much of the time I’m not walking in the Spirit because of all the things I either do or say or the way I act. This is not how I want it to be but it seems I do all these things whether I want it this way or not. Does God the Father not see me as righteous when I’m not walking according to the Spirit? I know He must be displeased and this kills me inside that He is feeling this way about me. I want so much to be like Jesus and then I’m not again and I get so discouraged. What am I to do?
A. In Romans 7:15-20 Paul said that when we do things we don’t want to do, the Lord’s view is that it’s not we who are doing it but the sin living within us. Because of the cross, He’s able to separate the sin from the sinner, and while He hates the one, He loves the other. For that reason there’s no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
Later He said that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
That includes you. When you sin, confess and you’ll immediately be forgiven. Then put it behind you and forget it ever happened, because that’s what the Lord does.