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“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:15-16

Thank God for His grace! Time and time again we fall and sin leaving us with a sense of despair and doubt. Perhaps I am not saved? Perhaps I need to work harder to be good so God could accept me! But then Isaiah 64:6 reminds us that all our deeds are as filthy rags before a holy God. You cannot earn your way into Heaven, for it is by grace you have been saved through faith; Not by works. (Ephesians 2:8-9) But God goes goes further in the Bible to reassure us because He knows we aren’t perfect even after we’ve been saved. Hebrews reassures us that Jesus actually sympathizes with us as we stuggle against sin. Yes, that means when you struggle and maybe even fall to sin, Jesus understands the pain your in, why you did it, and remembers what it was like when he was tempted to sin Himself. 1 John 2:1 tells us not only does Jesus sympathize with our weakness, but He also fights on our side on a daily basis! Now isn’t that an ecouraging note to remember? Your God is not some distant diety judging your every move and He’s not an enabler who’s ok with you living in sin. He sees your struggle and embraces you while fighting on your side every step of the way!

Pray for strength to resist temptation and encouragement in Christ through each struggle.