No one ever talks about how we can live without sinning.It’s true so why aren’t we encouraging each other to live that completely for God? People think that by saying we can live without sin we are seeking perfection and “we’re only human” so it’s impossible. Is living without sinning seeking perfection? No, because we’re already perfect (Ephesians 1:4). Living without sinning is simply a byproduct of knowing who we are in Christ.
People have this love affair with the verse in Romans 7:15 talking about how we know what we want to do but we can’t…blah blah blah. It’s like they are ecstatic to be able to excuse themselves of sin because even “Paul struggled with sin”. NOT TRUE. Paul didn’t struggle with sin, are you kidding me? He was giving an example of what it’s like when we try to achieve righteousness without the Spirit. We can’t; we don’t have the empowerment that comes from the Holy Spirit to be able to do that. Which is why in chapter 8 of Romans he tells us that we can be Spirit-led because Jesus fulfilled the Law. Last time I looked the Holy Spirit won’t lead anyone into sin. Once there was a Law of Letters now there is a Law of Love.
A temptation is not sinning. A temptation is your opportunity to say no to sin. Jesus was tempted and so we know FOR A FACT being tempted is not the same as committing sin. I think about sin, but don’t sin: not sin. I think about sinning, I act on my thoughts: sin. In Genesis 4:7 God warns Cain about murdering Able saying, “Sin is at your door” meaning that God was reminding Cain he had the authority to say no to temptation and NEVER OPEN THE DOOR TO SIN. Unfortunately, we know how the story goes.
The same is true for the Holy Spirit inside of YOU. Sin comes knocking on your door and Holy Spirit reminds you who you are. And who are you? Many people think they know who they are but don’t really. Who you are is who God says you are. This is why Paul implores us to RENEW OUR MINDS. You can easily forget who you are if you stop spending time listening to the one who created you. Take responsibility for your actions! The devil can’t make YOU do anything. Hebrews says that because Jesus was tempted in everything that we can go before the Father “with confidence, so that we may receive mercy (for when we come up short) and grace (to say NO to temptations) to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16)
Jesus told us the two greatest commandments are love God with everything and FIRST and then love your neighbor as yourself. How can you love your neighbor as yourself if you don’t even know who you really are? Step One: Know who you are in Christ. When you have the God-given revelation of who you REALLY are, you now begin to see the world through the eyes of the Father. And when you see through the eyes of the Father you focus on Love and not the Law, and by following Love you never step out of it.
Peter says that love covers the multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). How? Because if every individual is following LOVE then no one is sinning against the other. If I love you the way I love myself, I don’t want to hurt you. When temptation comes I am so fully aware of who am – and who you are – that it bounces off of my shield with a pathetic pfffft.
Jesus didn’t just come to save us, he came to show us how to WALK OUT SALVATION. He came to live and show us an example of daily life – not just in signs and wonders and miracles – but in everyday life with God. I want us to be so zealously in-love with God that we live like Jesus prayed we would in John 17. Everything Paul wrote (and the other apostles) was in the context of serving Jesus with EVERYTHING. We read what was written and put it into the context of how we live our lives; we put the Word and fit into our mold, instead of letting the Word break us out of the mold.
If you live every moment led by the Spirit, you will never step outside of the Law of Love; and if you never step outside of the Law of Love, you will never sin. That is true freedom.
1 John 4:17 “This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.”
Verses that charge us to love one another:
1 Thessalonians 13:12
1 Peter 1:22
1 Peter 2:17
1 Peter 3:8
1 John 2:10
1 John 3:10-17
1 John 3:18, 23
1 John 4:7-21
1 John 5:1-2
2 John 1:5