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Don’t Undergo, Overcome

A man saw a friend he hadn’t seen for a while. When he asked? “How ya’ doin’?” the friend replied, “Fine under the circumstances.” The first man quipped. “What are ya’ doin” down there?”

I can relate, especially when it comes to what some people call the overcoming life. Often it seems like ‘The hurrier I go the behinder I get.’ Have you ever felt like the more you try to be good the worse you become? Don't feel too alone. The apostle Paul understood that too. As a new believer he proudly proclaimed his apostleship, unblushingly claiming for himself the highest office in the Church. Some years later he said he was the least of all apostles. Finally near the end of his life he said that he was the chief of all sinners. Truly life is one long protracted lesson in humility.  

I spoke with a dear friend this week who told me he struggled with temptations that still befuddle him. “How can I still wrestle with these things after being a Christian all these years?” he wondered. I asked if he were a better Christian now than he was 20 years ago. He agreed he’d become more kind, loving and gracious and far less critical and judgmental. I asked how that happened. He laughed and said “How can I be otherwise when I see my own sinfulness so clearly?” I told him “God loves you so much He will keep you from overcoming your sin until you learn the greater lessons he has for you like how to love, care for and relate to broken people.”   

God isn’t just into getting your performance right, He’s not obsessed with modifying your behavior. He has bigger plans: He wants to change your heart. And if that means letting you fall down and mess up, so be it. Until you learn how big His grace is you will be of little use for His greater purposes. His goal is to teach you to be love, not just behave, and you will need a lot of grace to learn that.

Where God’s Spirit is there is liberty, even the freedom to make mistakes. If you learn from them you will not just act better, you will be better. Until you grasp that you will probably keep falling down a lot. But that’s okay, the righteous fall seven times but they get up eight. As long as you’re moving in the right direction you will make progress even when you fall.

When the Apostle Paul repeatedly asked God to remove his ‘thorn in the flesh’ – the splinter in his soul, which I believe was his besetting sin – the Lord told him “My grace is sufficient.” It’s even sufficient for your sins and mistakes. It's even sufficient for mine.  

Ken Unger is President of and founder of, where you can learn more about him and his transformative ministry. click here ,
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 “Sin shall not have dominion over you for you are not under law but under grace.” – Romans 6:14

 “If we confess our sins, He is just and faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. “ I John 1:9

“All the law is summed up in the commands to love.” –

“Love is the fulfillment of the law.” – Romans 13:10b 

“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand

“Happiness comes more form loving than from being loved. To love, to be hurt often, and to love again – this is the brave and happy life.” – J.E. Buckrose

“Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.”- G. K. Chesterton

“The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” – I Corinthians 15: 56.

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