The reality of things is that we are all sinners, no matter if more or less, in a matter of sin and sanctity there are no competencies; a white dress stops being totally white by a small spot.
The problem is that we focus on the size of the stain and for its measure judge whether someone, or even ourselves, deserve or not the forgiveness that Christ offers; This approach is completely incorrect.
The point here is that no matter the size of the stain, we stained a white dress that did not belong to us! and no matter what we do to clean it, we can never leave it as it was. That is why we desperately need Christ. He is the only one who can clean the stains we made.
"Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; For sin is a violation of the law. And you know that he appeared to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Everyone who abides in him does not sin; Everyone who sins has not seen him or known him. Little children, nobody deceive you; he who does righteousness is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who practices sin is of the devil; because the devil sins from the beginning. For this the Son of God appeared, to undo the works of the devil. Everyone who is born of God, does not practice sin, because the seed of God remains in him; and he can not sin, because he is born of God. "
(1 John 3: 4-9)
Almost immediately after the man was created he disobeyed the Lord (Gen. 3), since then it is observed, throughout history, the human being endeavoring to twist the laws (of God and of men) and stretch the limits of them.
Only the constitution of the United Mexican States has suffered since 1917, about 700 amendments. In 1919 our neighboring country, the United States, approved the eighteenth amendment to its constitution, known as "the dry law"; it prohibited the sale of trinque. However, due to the pressure exerted by organized crime, it had to be repealed a few years later with the twenty-first amendment. An excellent example of a popular saying that says: if you can not against the enemy, join him!
But as Christians this can not, and should not be our saying, on the contrary, Christ came to undo the works of the evil one and the sin in us. In addition, as human beings we can change, amend, omit or annul human laws, but we can never (even if we join forces) change a single mandate from the Lord.
Point one: No matter what the current fashion says, or what the world dictates at this moment, the Law of God is immutable and we have all transgressed it, we need to come to the feet of Christ and live in obedience to the Father as Jesus did. did.
In these few verses we find 9 times the word sin or its slopes, but curiously the word sin does not exist as such in the Greek language; the most common word used means not to hit the mark, to err. But also words such as: iniquity, perversity, transgression, error, lie, deceit, disobedience, concupiscence and fall are used, the latter refers to the rupture of a correct relationship with God.
As you can see the sin covers several things and in the same way also several areas. The Law of God goes beyond not committing a sinful action, Wayne Grudem comments that "Sin is not conforming to the moral Law of God in actions, attitudes or nature". It is also about the desires that are in our heart.
This society is contaminated with thoughts that say that people are free to do what they please as long as no one is harmed; philosophies that say that, if one does not realize, nothing happens, we even have popular sayings like: "eye that does not see, heart that does not feel". But this mentality is far from being the mentality of Christ, even the Lord condemns what is in our thinking: lust, selfishness, greed are an example of this.
We overlook that almost everything begins in our thinking as the book of James says: "but each one is tempted, when from his own lust he is attracted and seduced. Then concupiscence, after it has conceived, gives birth to sin; and sin, being consummated, gives birth to death. "
We are careless in our way of thinking; first because we believe that our thoughts do not hurt; second because we believe that no one will find out about them and third; because we are not aware of the importance they have. We allow ourselves to live in mental disorder and this should not be the case.
We must be alert to the thoughts we harbor, since that is where the ideas that end up being our actions are nested. We must put order and limits in our thinking, leave self-indulgence and become strict with ourselves.
As we let the Holy Spirit do his complete work in us and understand that our thinking defines our Christianity, it will be much easier for us to stop panic attacks, manipulation, envy, greed and consider ourselves superior to others.
Point two: We must align our thoughts with the Word of God because in our mind the first scale is made to arrive at the action of sinning against the Lord.
"Everyone who abides in him does not sin; Everyone who sins has not seen him or known him. Little children, nobody deceive you; he who does righteousness is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who practices sin is of the devil; because the devil sins from the beginning. "
We must remember that one of the purposes with which the apostle writes this epistle is to alert the church to false doctrines, specifically that of the Gnostics; these "teachers" claimed to be close to God and to be righteous; they did not give any importance to their way of acting, that is, committed sins intentionally and maintained that this was not relevant in the least.
John explained in these verses one of the characteristics of the behavior of false teachers: they practice sin deliberately and do not feel repentance; which clearly demonstrates that they have not been justified by Christ and that they are still children of the devil, since a regenerated person can not sin without being strongly bothered by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
"For this the Son of God appeared, to undo the works of the devil." Christ came to overcome the works of the evil one; with his resurrection he conquered death, with his perfect obedience he justifies the repentant sinners, and although Satan continues to operate in the world, he no longer controls the believer and we can live confident that a day will come when all the influence of Satan will finally cease. in this world.
"Everyone who is born of God, does not practice sin, because the seed of God abides in him; and he can not sin, because he is born of God "
These verses at first sight seem to leave no room for human error or sin in the believer, John is clear in all his letter; in it everything is white or black, light or darkness, truth or lie, son of God or son of the devil; for the apostle practically, what we call halftones do not exist.
But John knows perfectly the situation of man and the reality that the Christian faces with sin and knows that the believer will occasionally fall into error. The apostle Paul explains it very aptly in Romans 7 by asserting that he himself has a struggle; On the one hand, he wants to do good and on the other hand he does not do it, he wants to please God and keep his commandments, but on the other hand he falls into sin and complacency, "Thanks I give to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. So, I myself with the mind serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. "
The difference between the believer and the unbeliever is that the non-believer seeks to please himself at all times and has his conscience so seared that he neither seeks God nor obeys him in the least, deliberately overlaps his sin and enjoys himself with who practices it.
And the believer, although he knows that Christ has already cleansed him for all his past, present and future sins, fights against his sin; He repents, seeks with a humble heart to obey and please God, in such a way that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, each time he sins less and gains victory over that selfish and sinful tendency.
Point three: The believer has Christ who justifies him with the Father of his wickedness, but this does not give him license to make sin a routine way of life. On the contrary, if a Christian deliberately persists in sin, his salvation must be questioned.
We should be grateful to the Lord because he equips us to obtain victory day by day and did not leave us alone in our fight against sin. As believers it is necessary that we take hold of the tools that he put around us; His Word, because through it we know God and what pleases Him and what displeases Him; by the Holy Spirit, since he convicts us and brings conviction of sin; and by communion with other members of his church, as they help us to remain faithful to Christ through their prayers, exhortations and restorations.
The love of the Lord is so great that even though he knows that we are sinners and will continue to fall into mistakes, he equips us, cleanses us, accepts us, calls us children and blesses us every day. May our joy be to please Him rather than ourselves, may His Spirit convict us of sin and never allow us to conform or accustom ourselves to staining what He, at a very high price, has left completely clean.
Published in La Paz de Cristo on 5 de de por Aimeé Pérez
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Author: Aimeé Pérez
She is a self-taught painter with Bible studies at Willingdon School of the Bible, Canada. She is the mother of three teenagers. He currently paints and serves God at the La Paz de Cristo church in Baja California Sur, Mexico. His artistic work can be consulted at aimeperez.com. (tagsToTranslate) articles