“All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:3-5
Desires? Pleasures? Greed? Jealously?
It would be completely untrue for anyone to say that they have never dealt with these things and even more not mentioned. We are born of the flesh and with that comes desires that we cannot control on our own.
You could have been a Christian for 40 years or even 1 year, in which during our change of heart we completely fell right back into the flesh. Do we really deserve the wrath for falling since we are born into the flesh and trying to live a different life following Jesus. According to some religions the answer is yes! That is the difference in religion and a relationship with the God we each serve.
Our God is Love! This should answer your question because if He is created in love then He will always love just as we are created in flesh we can easily return to the flesh. The hardest part is accepting who you are and we will never escape failure. The problem with the world is that failure is considered bad but this is where we learn the most. I believe this is where non Christians have a hard time understand forgiveness and grace. Their thought process is you failed or sinned so how can you love God or call yourself a Christian. Another example I hear, is you have been living a life completely different from how you lived years ago and you call yourself a Christian.
I call myself a human, born of the flesh, which is not of God until I gave my life to Him. The mere fact that you think Christians should be perfect like Jesus is like saying if you pick up a basketball you should be as good as Michael Jordan. It is humanly impossible and that is where His grace, love, and forgiveness was nailed to the Cross because He knew we were incapable of living a perfect life.
Does this mean that forgiveness is an easy process? By all means NO! This is where I have a problem with the church (Big C) because they are the quickest to turn away from someone that committed a sin. This is not what Jesus teaches and why I think there is so much confusion between Christians and non Christians. Christians should be loving on the sinner, showing them grace, and forgiveness.
Yes rising above yourself and acting like Christ takes a lot of courage, faith, humility, and strength. I truly believe if Christians would act the same to someone with an illness or injury as committing a sin then more people would see Jesus on daily basis. So yes, Christians are the problem because we lukewarm majority of time based on the situation.
Think of situations where you have acted like this towards someone and how if you acted like Jesus the whole situation could have been different.