One of the biggest misperceptions people have about Christians is the belief that Christians don’t go through things; that they are supposed to be perfect, that they can never do anything wrong (since they’re Christians) and should never make any errors. Even amongst our Christian fellows, these kinds of thoughts lives can be found sometimes. But this comes from a lack of understanding of what true Christianity is about.
So, what are Christians?
They are regular people, who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. They follow after Christ and as they do this, their lives begin to change. Every aspect of their life is fine-tuned daily until they leave this world for the next. It doesn’t mean they don’t stop hurting or stop feeling pain. They don’t stop being ‘regular’ people just because they have accepted the Saviour.
The Bible says that “we are born in sin and shaped in iniquity” (Psalm 51: 5). It continues to say that when we get saved the new man and the old man within us, are at war. Romans 7:23 symbolises the constant Christian struggle between the flesh and the spirit. We are working progress and not complete until we step into eternity.
God never said in His Word that we won’t go through any hardships or even fall at times after accepting Christ. Christians get depressed, are affected by illness and are assaulted on a daily basis especially by the unseen (spiritual) forces as “we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers”… Ephesians 6:12
If we as Christians never experienced trials and shortfalls we would never know who God truly is as our provider, as our healer and even as the miracle-working God He is.
When a Christian stumbles or falls a lot of times people say “I thought you were a Christian?” unable to process that something like that could ever happen. Yet the same people have an idea of how to live a Christ-like lifestyle, choose not to do so, but then are quick to criticize stumbling Christians? So I wonder, is it to make themselves feel good about the fact that they haven’t chosen “the Christian way of life”. Who knows …
Anyways, the Word says that a righteous man falls seven times and rises again Proverbs 24 verse 16, meaning that from time to time we as Christians do or say things that are not right but can get back up again. As human beings, we are quick to judge and condemn one another but our God in His grace and mercy never does this.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. God sent His son into the world not to condemn the world but so that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
This is an encouragement that though our issues are real, we have a high priest who knows our afflictions all too well and is more than able to deliver us from things no man-made medicine or no therapy can fix. He is the same God who heals the wounds of the broken-hearted.
Yes !!! As Christians, we are called to a higher standard. Our lives are on full display for the world to see and our lives and testimony through hardships should be overcome by unwavering faith in our faithful God. However, we are human and don’t get it right all the time. Whilst this is not an excuse to willfully lead a sinful lifestyle, we thank Christ that He is ever constant and ever-present in our times of need Psalm 46 verse 1. To help us get back up again.