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Someone has said, “If you could have religion and not know it, you could lose it and never miss it.”

Well, there’s no question that when a person is truly converted, or “born again,” as the Bible puts it in John 3:7 (NLT), a real change takes place in that person’s life. The Bible also describes the change in this way: “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new” (2 Corinthians 5:17, CEV).

Now, does this mean that a new believer in Jesus will never again be tempted by the things of the old life he or she has left behind? Or that they will never repeat the mistakes of the past? Is a Christian someone who never again does anything wrong? Let’s take a look at a few Bible verses which talk about these questions.

The Apostle Paul, who wrote most of the Bible New Testament, had been a follower of Jesus for much of his life. Before he turned his life over to Christ, he bitterly opposed Christianity, and persecuted the followers of Jesus, condemning many of them to death.

Not Perfect

Notice what Paul said, after he had been a faithful follower of Christ for many years: “I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect…So I keep on running…I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven” (Philippians 3:12, 14, CEV).

Did you get it? Paul said, I keep on keeping on. I’ll never give up! This, then, is the real secret of successful Christian living, for you and for me. Like a little child just learning to walk, you will stumble and fall lots of times. The main thing is, when you fall, don’t just lie there. Get up. And keep on going in the right direction, with your face toward Jesus. Just ask God to forgive you. And He will. Look at what God tells you in 1 John 1:9: “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us from every wrong” (NLT).

You see, your relationship with Jesus is not determined by your occasional good deeds or bad deeds. What really counts with God is the general trend of your life. When you really want to obey God, and you keep on climbing in that direction, He accepts this as your best service, and He makes up for the difference with His own righteousness.

So, never give up! And just keep on keeping on with Jesus!

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