I have made an observation this summer about the seeming "thrill of defeat" many Christians seem to live in. What do I mean? Well, I have noticed among some Christian circles that is a popular theme of some gatherings for them to focus on their sins and failings. At times they will be asked to write them down so that later they can burn them in a ceremonial fire or even nail them to a cross in a closing-of-the-service altar call. Other times they will simply discuss their problems in small groups and try to "hold one another accountable." I have even seen where they will be given a check-off list of things considered to be sins and asked to check them off.
Why do we do this? It seems to me that if a person who didn't know about Jesus came upon a gathering of Christians when things like this were going on, he or she would see a group of defeated people. No where in Scripture do we see Jesus or the apostles telling people to focus on their sins. Quite the contrary. We see Jesus reminding people that he is life and truth. We see the apostles reminding people of the victory we have in Jesus. We see disciples walking in victory, not living in defeat.
Please let me encourage all followers of Jesus to keep a healthy perspective on your life. You ARE a sinner, but you ARE a new creation in Jesus. You have been made a co-heir with Jesus. You have been assigned a spot in eternity as a disciple of Jesus. You are not living under the condemnation of sin any longer. You have been set FREE. Rather than having pity parties that bring up the agony of defeat, let us experience the thrill of victory in Jesus.