“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:9-10 NIV
Scripture tells us in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. We have a propensity to sin. We are drawn to sin like a moth to a flame; however, God gives us the power to avoid sin through His Holy Spirit. We must understand we’ll never be perfect except in God’s sight until we reach heaven, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for perfection. That is what striving to be like Jesus in all our thoughts, words and actions is all about.
Christians are nothing more than sinners saved by the grace of God. Like an alcoholic must admit his has a problem before he can start to become well, we must admit that we have a sin problem that only the blood of Christ can cleanse. Without the blood we stand as unrighteous, sinful wretches bound for an everlasting hell. When we ask for the cleansing of all our sins we become a new person and God’s love and grace reigns down upon us.
If we were to claim that we were void of sin then we would be in essence calling God a liar. That would be the result of something we could not understand. God’s standard is meant to lead us into a peaceful, fulfilling existence. It is when we do not allow that standard to guide us that we err. For those who do not yet know Christ, accept your sinful condition and embrace the antidote. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.