Can we ever stop sinning?

Can we ever stop sinning?

No, we can never be without temptation while we are alive here in this life and if we think we ever are without sin, we are fooled and far from God (1 John 1:8-10). That doesn’t mean it’s all a one-sided battle that we can never win. We can’t win the battle against sin, but the truth is: Jesus when He died over 2,000 years ago, already won the war and we win, when we side with Him, trusting and believing in Him.

Satan and his demons have dominion of this world because of the sin of Adam and Eve, but “fear not, because Jesus has overcome the world” (John 16:33). God allows us to be tempted by the Enemy, who ‘comes only to steal, kill and destroy’ (John 10:10), but never beyond what we can handle because God always provides the route for escape (1 Cor. 10:13). James 4:7 says, ‘Turn to God, resist the Enemy and he will flee from you’ and Galatians 5:16 says ‘ If we walk by the Spirit, we will not gratify our fleshly desires’.

Is sin really serious?

Is sin really serious?

Yes. But first we need to understand what the word ‘sin’ means. Many people toss the word around as if they get to define sin by their standards, not God’s. In other words, some people think that sin is anything they don’t like. For example, they may look disapprovingly at the way a person dresses, or not approve of the food or drink that someone chooses. In other words, they start judging people. But the Bible has is very clear is that sin is anything that separates man from God. That ranges from committing vile acts against others to becoming so self absorbed that you no longer recognize that you were created by the God who created the universe–the God who made man and woman so he could commune with them and let them experience his infinite love.

Sin causes this gulf between man and God and that, in turn, often causes a gulf between individuals too. Most recognize that infidelity causes great pain and breaks trust. Stealing from an employer is sin and in many cases has dire consequences. Even envy can cause a gulf to open up between another person.  Those behaviors and many more that break God’s laws are sin, and yes, that is both serious and dangerous.

You’ve probably heard of the 10 Commandments that God gave to his people, the Israelites, almost 4,000 years ago. They set a standard of God’s holiness that human beings are incapable of attaining. The Commandments point out how sinful human nature really is and why a Savior is required.

What is really serious is that unconfessed sin and failure to repent (turning from sinful ways) results in separation from any relationship with God. The Bible says,

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23 (NIV)

So the really Good News is that God has provided a way to overcome one’s sinful human nature. The solution is found by repenting and in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and following Him.