For we have not 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 sinning.
~Hebrews 4:15 (RSVCE)
The increasing weight of our sins causes Jesus to fall for the second time. His body grew weaker and the insults from the unruly crowds and the soldiers increased, He must have been tempted to give up. But amidst all of this pain and shame, He doesn’t let go of the cross and He rises up and continues onto Calvary. He falls to raise us up. In humility and obedience to the Father, He perseveres. How often are we willing to obey God and acknowledge our sinfulness? Do we overlook some sins as not being a sin at all because they have become second nature to us or because we find them too hard to overcome?
Lord, we sincerely want to stop falling into sin especially the little temptations that constantly add to the weight of your cross. Allow your Holy Spirit to open our eyes to recognize these shortcomings. Help us to rely completely on Your grace and not on our own strength to overcome them. Let our hearts not be discouraged when our progress seems slow. Amen.
As for someone who was short-tempered and ready to respond, I struggled with taming my tongue and knowing when to be quiet and when to speak up. My lashing out caused a lot of hurts. This had become such a part of me that I found it very hard to accept and be willing to change. It was only once when I made confession with a truly contrite heart and learned from the Word of God that I was able to begin the change. My struggle has not fully gone away but now I am able to hear and obey when the Holy Spirit prompts me to stay quiet or think before I speak. I truly desire for the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart to be pleasing to my Lord. (Psalm 19:14)
- I will strive to identify and work on other habitual sins.
- I will remember to rely on the Lord to start again whenever I fail in anything.