I heard a story recently of a Christian man in Brazil who determined he was going to stop sinning. An excellent goal to be sure and something for which we should all strive. He tried and tried and started to eliminate some sins. He had to get away from the distractions in his life, so he shut himself off more and more from people, technology and the world. Although he didn’t do a lot of the sins we commonly think about, he couldn’t escape himself and his own thoughts and heart. He could NOT stop sinning. 

A Christian who sins vs a sinner saved by grace. The goal is to NOT sin, though we struggle against our human nature. 

1 John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

We all sin. Our sin is doing anything that is against God’s character. For examples; we shouldn’t lie because God is truth and we shouldn’t hate because God is love and we shouldn’t sin because God is holy. 

Keep short accounts with God. Pray for forgiveness often. Repent. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 

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