Galatians 1:1-5 & 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
From the Reformer
The genius of Christianity takes the words of Paul “who gave himself for our sins” as true and efficacious. We are not to look upon our sins as insignificant trifles. On the other hand, we are not to regard them as so terrible that we must despair. Learn to believe that Christ was given, not for picayune and imaginary transgressions, but for mountainous sins; not for one or two, but for all; not for sins that can be discarded, but for sins that are stubbornly ingrained.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
Let us confess; it is good for our souls. There are sins that trouble you, that are difficult to stop, that have been a part of you for so long that you worry they will never leave. Furthermore, you worry that they may keep you from God’s grace and love. You are right to be concerned because no sin is trivial. But you are not right to worry. Christ died for your sins — every last one of them, even the ones that seem to refuse to go away. Do not worry. Christ died for those sins too. Accept his grace and press on. Try harder to rid yourself of these stubborn sins but remember it is not your spiritual might that saves you, anymore than it is your spiritual weakness that condemns you. Christ’s grace is sufficient for you and the power of his salvific work is perfected in your weakness.