Because of Christ's work on your behalf, God does not dwell on your sin the way you do. So, relax and rejoice…and you'll actually start to get better. The irony, of course, is that it's only when we stop obsessing over our own need to be holy and focus instead on the beauty of Christ's holiness, that we actually become more holy!
In a blog post entitled "Reminders Are More Effective Than Rebukes" (compare w/ 2 Tim. 4:2), Presbyterian pastor Tullian Tchividjian tells Christians,
The irony, of course, is that the Bible never…
I just came across this quote in R. C. Sproul's introduction in his book Knowing Scripture:
When R. C. Sproul wrote that in 1977, I'm sure newspapers were among the most obvious media which distract from the study of God's Word. Today, it would probably be much more appropriate to fill in any of the following:
Blogs are easier to read than the Bible is to study.
Sports updates are easier to read than the Bible is to study.
An episode of my favorite TV show is easier to watch than the Bible is to study.
Funny cat videos are easier to watch than the Bible is to study.
We often get frustrated in our study of the Bible simply because we think it should be mindless and easy—you know, like everything else we read or watch. So what's the real problem? Does it have something to do with the Bible itself? No; I think Sproul hits the nail on the head: we're just plain lazy.