I have a new article up at NewEvangelizers.com.
One of the most frustrating and depressing things that many Christians experience is the problem of persistent sin. There are those of us who live sinful lives and then have a miraculous encounter with Christ and leave those sins behind. But there are many of us who begin a relationship with the Lord and find ourselves still in the thralls of a habitual sin.
For some of us, we want to stop gossiping, but we can’t. For others, we find ourselves in the thrall of drugs or alcohol. Or maybe we constantly give in to our tempers at the slightest provocation. And in this technologically advanced age, many are habitually chained to the sin of pornography.
The guilt that we feel over these sins is real and it is made all the worse by the constant pricking of our conscience. We know what is right and we still continue to fall into this sin. And we pray and pray, but we don’t seem to be making any real progress.
But couldn’t God deliver me from this sin? Isn’t it within his power?
I remember reading in St. Faustina’s diary that the Blessed Mother appeared to her and presented her with a mystical golden sash that, when worn, would remove from her all temptations of lust. I remember being a young man and reading that thinking, “Why can’t I get one of those?”
And yet many of us keep waiting to turn the corner and find that one final piece of enlightenment that will place everything into place and we can finally put our sins behind us for good. But that day never seems to come.
So why does God let me persist in my sin?
Maybe God is allowing your sin to persist for a reason.
You can read the entire article here.