As TPS students we expect the best out of ourselves, both academically and as children of God. We want to have it together; we want to be that kid that does the right thing 99% of the time. So when we do fail, it can come as a blow to our ego. We receive a bad test grade, or we snap back at our parents, or we get caught indulging in something we know is wrong. Our reaction is to try and cover it up and move on, hoping everybody will forget the incident. Yet God expects us to stumble, which is why he gave us the Holy Spirit. In Romans 8, Paul reminds us that our time here on earth will be full of mistakes despite our best efforts. “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:22-23).
Until that glorious day when we are in heaven and are glorified in Christ, we will continue to make mistakes, even after our salvation. But God in his mercy gave us the Holy Spirit to help us with our trials. Paul tells us “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26). Most of us think of the Spirit as the person of the Trinity who is always pricking our conscience when we have done wrong. Yes, the Spirit alerts us when we sin, but He does more than that. We read in Romans that “the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:27b). And when God hears our cry through the Spirit for forgiveness, we will feel His grace wash over us. We are bound to fail, but when we do we have God’s Spirit to help us and intercede for us as we seek forgiveness. So as we plunge into this next semester, we will be faced with many temptations and trials. We will succumb to some of them, and if you’re like me, you will want to brush over those failures and rush on. But do not be afraid to fail. Yes, we should try our hardest to be like Christ, but when we sin, we need to realize the Spirit is there to help us. Embrace this wonderful gift and do not try to cover up your mistakes, but rather live freely before God, for He knows everything already. He foresaw our failures, and in His wisdom gave us the Spirit. Thank the Lord for His provision.
Garrett Hidalgo (17) is on staff at TPS Chapel and is a senior at TPS