by Pieter Yoshua

Perhaps my understanding will change in the future or I could be wrong, but I want to write this criticism for myself and perhaps it will cause you to think as well. I thought that it is possible for me to be a Christian while living in a way that was insulting God.

All Christians are children of God. “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26). “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty” (II Corinthians 6:18).

God is our Father. He provides for His children. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” (Luke 12:24).

So why do children of God sin? I realized that whenever I sin, it comes down to the fact that I am not satisfied with what God has provided for me. I am convinced that if I have that thing, then I will be happy. Only on this condition will I be happy.

However, I sin because I am not happy. I sin because I am not fulfilled or satisfied with my life. I am not happy with God's plans for me at the moment, with what God allowed to happen, or with what God provided. And this unhappiness is an insult to God. In a way, I'm saying that God can't make me happy and that God is a bad Father. Since I think I am lacking, I am saying that God doesn't know how to provide for me. My sin is a personal insult to God. It's a protest against God.

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So how does a Christian stop sinning? By being content and trusting that God knows what is best for me. God is my provider, and I have enough. I don't need anything else to make me happier. If I receive extra things that that is good. But if I don't receive anything else, it's still great.

I dare not to insult God. I dare not to cross the line and sin. Let my soul be content. Being adopted as a child of God is the best thing I have received and with that alone, I shall be content.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Roman 8:14-17).

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