Monday, March 05, 2012

Attaining perfection

For a dear friend of mine, who was tempted again and again, who was thrown in despair of sinning, but still holds on to the Truth,

We may, indeed, be sure that perfect chastity - like perfect charity - will not attained by any merely human efforts. You must ask God's help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again. For however important chastity (or courage, or truthfulness, or any other virtue) may be, this process trains us in habits of the soul which are more important still. It cures our illusions about ourselves and teaches us to depend on God. We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. 
The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection. 
- Mere Christianity, C.S.Lewis.

You asked me how to not sin. When you realised it's a sin and seek a way to correct it, you can be assured that the Holy Spirit has indeed work in you. I can only tell you the answer is pray to the Lord that you will not sin again and the practical, immediate action is don't do it again. I know it's easier said than done, but have faith in Him and He will bring you through. Hasn't He done that many times in your life? Temptations will many times try you, stay strong and above all, stay close to the Word of God. The Word of God is not only for comfort when you are in dire need of motivation, but it's related to all part of your life on your journey to be perfect - Christ-liked. Don't just read it on Sunday services or when you are wiping your tears, study it daily! I will pray for you. Take care.   

* 1 John 1:5-10

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