Free from sin, but not sinless

Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is the sacrifice of Jesus, who died for the sins of the world, and what that means for us as followers of Christ. And a verse i saw earlier this week cemented this weeks blog being about this idea, the verse in question?

1 John 1:8 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves”

This verse fascinates me. it’s something I feel like a lot of Christians, including myself, don’t really think about, this idea that just because we’re saved from the pit that is sin, doesn’t mean we can’t sin.

One of the most stated points in the Christian faith is about sin. About how thanks to the son of man, Jesus Christ, we are freed from the grip that sin has over our lives, we are forgiven for our transgressions and saved by the blood of Jesus, but the fact still remains, we are still sinful broken people in a sin filled broken world. How often do we deceive ourselves? Just because we are covered by the blood of Christ and free from our sin, doesn’t make us sinless.

An important part of being a follower of Christ is seemingly forgotten with the mindset of thinking we are sinless because we’re saved from sin. And that part is repentance.

In the prayer that Jesus himself taught us, it says

“forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors.” or in other translations (the New Living Translation)  “forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”

Now, my question is a simple one, Why would this be a part of the lord’s prayer if we can’t sin as saved people of God? The answer is a simple one, Though we are saved from our sin, that doesn’t mean we are without it.

I want to make something very clear. In Jesus we are free of sin, He died to save us from the grip of sin and evil. However, even with this tremendous sacrifice, we are still human, we are still a broken people, and will sin. And this is something that we can’t hold against ourselves, we can’t get run down by the fact that we will sin, this doesn’t mean we should purposely go against God by going out of our way to sin, But it does mean we are bound to no matter how hard we try.

We are lying to ourselves if we see ourselves as completely sinless, because we’re not. We need to accept that we are not defined by our sins as he will cleanse us, but we are defined by the one that saved us, and gives us a chance to repent of the ways that damage us, and every time our God forgives us, if in our human arrogance we forget about what Jesus gave up so we may live, and act like we can never sin no matter how we go against God, that can do severe damage to our relationship with him.

There is no sinless man but Jesus himself, if we were sinless why would he need to give his life so we may be forgiven?  We will never be perfect till we are with him in heaven,  but we are free from the restraints of this world as long as we hold on to his word and his love through the sacrifice of his life. So the next time you sin, remember that there is always redemption for those who repent and trust in the promise of God. And He doesn’t ask you to be perfect, but to be his.

Have a blessed week, and may God bless you.


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