Read Rick’s 31-Day Devotions
Some sins can feel so significant that the gospel appears small in overcoming those transgressions. If your sin feels that substantial to you, it’s time to come to terms with the gospel. When Jesus talked about it being finished, He meant that there is nothing else to do to earn God’s favor. There is no need for and no possibility of any other person paying for anyone’s sin. The work is complete. There is no sin outside of God’s ability to forgive.
Part of this problem is a willingness to admit what we did wrong. I acutely understand how hard it is to own personal sin. There are many things I would choose to do than tell the truth about myself. But I have learned in my old age that if I am not honest with myself, there is a possibility I will spin off into a distorted, self-deceptive existence.
Without God’s grace that empowers me and real biblical friendships to help me, there would be no recovery for my struggles with transgressions. If you are struggling with past sin, here are three crucial things for you to do. Work through them in this order.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).