“Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is. Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous.”1 John 3:6-7 NLT
So the question I have and I am sure many new believers have had is this: if I sin am I now separated from God? This thought pattern can be quite daugnthing especially fôr younger believers because they keep questioning their salvation. How many times have you run to altar to ‘secure’ your faith because you sinned the week before?
As followers of Christ we strive to change our lives and live them without purposefully sinning. John here reminds us tha when we work to d what is right. But we can breath easy, our Heavenly Father is not waiting to cut us off the moment we screw up, no he is patient with us, Jesus has covered all your sin, past present and future. If we sin he is ready to forgive not to renew us as he did when we first accepted his sacrifice on the cross, but as someone who willingly washes our feet. Jesus told Peter, why would I need to wash your whole body when it is only your feet that are dirty?
Now this is not a licence to go out a sin. Do not misunderstand what I am saying, for those who sin continually and seek sin do not really know the Fathers love. If they did they would not seek evil. We must a sbelievers be willing to guide new believers in the faith, showing them what the bible tells us about sin. Ignorance of sin is not an excuse.
What are some ways believers can avoid sin? Walking with him and connecting with God daily will help us immensely. Taking time to read the bible, prayer, listening to Godly ministries and worship music will connect you with him. Purposefully avoiding areas that will temp you to sin. If you think by drinking it will cause you to sin avoid the liquor stores or bars. If porn has or is a problem remove the availabity to see it, maybe the extreme of turning off your internet or installing a watchdog program like K9. Whatever temps you or causes you to sin, avoid those areas.
We may not always be able to avoid sinning but we need to be striving to.
Father, thank you for your salvation through your son Jesus. Help us to avoid temptation to sin, show us ways out of situations. Show us how we can be mentors to young Christians and guide them in understanding your word. We want to do what is right so that those around us will see that the way we live our lives is different in repsonse to who you are. We want to reach others vécue they matter to you and they matter to us. Amen