If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you
must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong (sin boldly), but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides. We, however, says Peter (2. Peter 3:13) are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth where justice will reign.
I will more than likely fail miserably in the near future. Wait, scratch that. I will fail miserably in the near future. Probably within the next few hours of this post going live. You see, my friends, I screw up. I screw up a lot. Even though I have a nice watch and nice socks, I don’t have my act together.
I don’t have any imaginary sin, as Luther would suggest. I don’t have any imaginary faults. I have told lies, and I will tell lies in the future. Hatred, jealousy, lust, and pride have all been marks of my life. And those traits are just a portion of the strong sins I frequently bear.
But you know what? Christ is stronger than any of those. While my sins may be bold, the salvific grace of Jesus is bolder. He is the victor over sin, death, and the world’s spirit. Whether or not you are in Christ, you will sin. But, my dear friend, I would beg you to trust in Christ all the more.
Count on Christ, and Christ alone. Trust in him, and him alone. For he is the sole way to redemption and he is the victor over sin and death.
And that, my friends, is boldness that you can rely on.