Things we need to know about sin.

Sin is the disobedience that severs man’s fellowship with God. Sin confuses and distorts our humanity and obstructs the emergence of a true personhood by interrupting our fellowship with God. But when the power of sin is broken-by accepting Christ’s vicarious act of obedience at Calvary-grace is revealed and the true order of humanity is restored. It is in the crucified humanity of Jesus that we find the true humanity intended in creation. Christ came to authenticate humanity in order for us to be in full communion with God. These truths are summarized by the apostle Paul who says that by nature, the human condition of mankind is dead, enslaved, and condemned (Ephesians 1:1-3); but then by the grace of God in Christ and His divine compassion, man is saved, made alive (vv. 5, 8), raised and made to sit with Him in eternal fellowship and purpose (vv. 6-10)

Worrying always results in sin. We tend to think that a little anxiety and worry are simply an indication of how wise we really are, yet it is actually a much better indication of just how wicked we are. Fretting rises from our determination to have our own way. Our Lord never worried and was never anxious, because His purpose was never to accomplish His own plans but to fulfill God’s plans. Fretting is wickedness for a child of God. We must learn to trust God and always depend on Him for everything.

As Christians work by faith to resist the devil, they need not regard him too highly. The Christian’s highest allegiance must be to God and God alone. This is why the author of Hebrews warns his audience to “serve the Lord in fear and awe” (Hebrews 12:28). Just like a child should have a healthy fear of the discipline of their parents, it is right and good to have a healthy fear of their Heavenly Father. We, like the Christians in Philippi, have been called by God to work out our salvation in “fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12) before God, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

John does not teach perfectionism; otherwise, he would contradict himself. He does not declare that Christians are unable to commit an occasional act of sin, but that they are not characterized by a spirit of lawlessness, powerlessly led into a habitual act of sin. Sin is natural to children of the Devil, who has been sinning since the beginning, but unnatural to children of God, who can’t keep on sinning without the Spirit’s conviction.  A constant indulgence in sin contradicts the claim to have a personal knowledge of Christ. Sin is not a way of life for the person who is righteous in Christ; it is a way of life for the one who is unrighteous.

1 John 3:6-9 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

Sin spreads like a disease when no one is held accountable,
Sin causes grief.
Each one is drawn into sin when he is enticed by his own evil desires. Evil desires causes grief. It just spreads and spreads until you decide to obey God.

When faced with temptation, look to God, knowing that He is able to deliver you. Understand the strategy behind sin. Temptation will tell you that if you sin, you will be truly free without restrictions. However, sin will enslave you and you will not be able to break free from its mastery. So stay far away from sin and live in the joy true freedom of godliness.

Strengthen your devotional life by reading and studying the Bible until it becomes part of who you are–part of the way you think, talk and act.

Focus your effort and energy on getting to know Jesus more and more. Grow in His grace and kindness, knowing that He loves you.

 

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