When we accept Christ as our Saviour we are made holy by a definite work of grace in salvation. This new birth is the beginning of our walk which must lead to complete sanctification. We are told to stay holy as we are made holy.
Initially we can only walk in the things we are taught at the time of our new birth, but now we need to have a progressive growth in holiness.
I have read of others and have myself been in the very same position, after sinning how this puts a damper on our Christian life, but it need not be.
When we sin we are given Grace so as to keep us on the road to holiness and each of us should have a normal growth in Grace and knowledge to this perfect state.
Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Before our conversion sin reigned until we died but now GRACE reigns through righteous living to eternal life.
But we cannot become holy by continued grace – we cannot keep on sinning because we know we have grace when we do. Grace is the bridge to attain that perfected state.
What I am saying is this, when we give in to sin we feel terrible: gutted, in despair and guilty – but we have Grace which comes into operation when we sin, not so that we can sin further, but the opposite, so that we can immediately continue (with repentance) on this path of holiness that is set before us.
Grace is like God picking us up after we have stumbled so that we can continue on our ‘holy walk’.
Grace abounds WHEN we sin, and that is why sin no longer has control over us. The important thing is we have to overcome sin so that we can achieve holiness. We should immediately repent and carry on and not stop in guilt. We are not mis-using God, we are using Grace which is given to us for this very purpose to holiness.
It is important then, to study and learn what is required but unless we stay in the Spirit we will fall many times, but when we fall, don’t despair we have God’s Grace!
Jesus loves you!