If you’re around little kids a lot (siblings, children, etc.), or even if you have just a little experience with them, you’ve probably thought “Here we go again” more than once. A lot of times, kids have to be told over and over and over again, “No, you can’t take his toy, he’s still playing with it” or “Yes, I already told you you can go outside. Now go!” Whether it’s because they aren’t paying attention, are purposefully being disobedient, or just don’t understand, having to say the same thing multiple times can get on your nerves.
Now, if you’re a teen, this can apply to you in one obvious way: Obeying your parents! There’s another way we can relate to this, however.
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15)
When someone loves another, they care about that person. If, for example, they see that person doing something wrong, they bring it to their loved one’s attention–because they love them, they don’t want them to get hurt.
God loves us more than anyone else ever could, and He sees us messing up over and over again. It’s called sin. And, though He doesn’t expect us to be perfect, He warns us of things that could lead us into sin. It is His desire that we avoid it and cling to Him, but we usually don’t. No matter how many times God tells us to do or not to do something (whether through the Bible, the Holy Spirit, or a fellow Christian), we continue to sin. I can just imagine God in heaven, looking down at us and saying, “Here we go again”.
Sometimes we think of our imperfection as an excuse. We think, “God knows I’m not perfect; He’ll understand”. Well, yes, He understand how it feels to be tempted. Imperfection, however, is not an excuse to sin. It is an opportunity to overcome the urge to sin and follow God’s will.
As Christians, we have a love relationship with God. When we say we are Christians, we are saying we love God. And when you love someone and they love you, wouldn’t you want to make them happy? Unfortunately, a lot of us don’t think about how much we must hurt God every time we sin, especially when we had a chance to avoid it.
Once again, I’m not telling you you should be perfect. But why not aim for perfection? If we set our goals low, we’ll never get very high. But if we’re striving to please God in everything we do and to imitate Him, our lives, though not perfect, will serve as an even better example to the world of the incredible relationship we have with God.
God is patient and He loves you! He’s ready to work through you to mold you into a person that reflects who He is. Give your life to the God who loves you enough to die for you!
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:23)
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:15-18)