Christians Do Not Sin
Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. 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. 1 John 3:2-6 NLT
What is the key to victory over sin in our lives? And make no mistake, we can have, indeed, must have that victory. John is unmistakably clear on that subject in his first letter. There are three conditions for that victory. The first one is: don’t make victory over sin your focus. That is to work on a negation. Can you empty a glass of its air by turning it upside down and shaking it? Not a chance. What can you do? Fill it with water!
It is the same here. Focus on filling your life with Jesus! That’s what John means when he says that when we know that one day we will be absolutely Christlike, that motivates us to do everything we can now to enjoy as much of that reality as we can. Make your relation to Jesus the focus of your life. Make him number one, front and center. That’s what John is talking about when he says “anyone who continues to live in him.” Is your life centered in Christ? Are you focused on pleasing him? Are you pursuing him and his will with everything you have? Then you know what Scottish pastor Thomas Chalmers called “the expulsive power of a new affection.” There is simply no room for sin in a life filled to the brim with love for Jesus.
Does Jesus have first place? Or are you trying to have a little of him and a little of the world at the same time? Perhaps you say, “Well, I think he is first, but I don’t really know.” Take an inventory of your life: where is your time spent, where are your interests, what do you have to have and can’t live without? Have you ever consciously given him your whole life? If there is any question at all, do it now, and victory is yours.
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