“No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.” 1 John 3:6
That’s a hard pill to swallow. Some might look at this text and decide to jump ship from pursuing the Christian life. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can’t go one minute without sinning in word, thought or deed. But in the context of this letter, John was writing to these congregations about abiding in Christ and addressing the repeated practice of sin. As we abide in Him, we make an effort to turn from sin. When we do sin, it will grieve our hearts and repentance will flow from our tongues. Receiving forgiveness and grace from the Lord is not a license to do whatever we want. We must not use the grace card every time we commit a transgression and rebel against God. For the true believer, the one abiding in Him, when sin is present there is a stirring in our spirits, conviction from the Holy Spirit and in many instances, deep godly sorrow.
How do we know if we are abiding in Him? Does sin grieve us like it grieves the Father? Do we want to change, and turn from the sin we are committing? Do we feel the Holy Spirit convicting us? If so, then we are abiding in Him! Unrepentant, habitual or practicing sin is why John addresses the believers in this way. We have been shown a picture as to who children of God are and who are not. Those who practice sin with no conviction have not seen Him or know Him. So, let us practice righteousness as He is righteous. 1 John 3:7.
Holy Spirit, help us to recognize when we grieve the Father and lead us to repentance. Convict us when our hearts rebel against You.
Do you often find it difficult to practice righteousness? Sisters, know that sin will not define us as believers, but as we abide in Him, we continue to be molded more and more into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.
Kelly is passionate in the study of God and His Word. She is an avid encourager to those around her and loves to share the saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Kelly lives in Alabama with her husband of 13 years, one son, and works full-time as a customer account manager for a local business.