“Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Oliver Goldsmith

Whether in our physical lives or our spiritual ones, Mr. Goldsmith’s statement is confirmed by the following Bible passages, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23). Thus, we must admit this terrible human weakness. We must understand that this glory of Jehovah we desire, is not gained by living a life of perfection, for no human can. All of us are creatures of many ugly imperfections. We must always go forward unto perfection (Hebrews 6:1), which by the way is given to us via the scriptures, this will give us a life of perfection found only in Christ. Christ our Savior was the only one who accomplished a sinless life. (Hebrews 4:15) "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."

Yes, our lives are daily engaged in the battle with sin. We will always struggle in this arena as long as we live. There will be the strong days and there will be those times of weakness. Just remember what God has given us to stay the course, even when we veer off the path a bit; (1Timothy 4:16) "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." Read that verse over again, for clarity!

(Romans 2:7, 10) it says; “to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life: But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that works good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.”

In closing, let us always continue to strive for the real glory God has waiting for all of us. We can obtain it, but only by the conquest of ourselves and all those sins that so easily beset us!


By Larry Clarke Sr.