Today in our walk through 1 John, we look at 1 John 3: 4-10. We’ve talked a lot about God’s love and mercy in these past few days, but today we look at something that is just as important to our spiritual lives, and something that we often don’t want to think about. Sin. Listen to what we read today:
4 Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 Everyone who commits sin is a child of the devil; for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born of God do not sin, because God’s seed abides in them; they cannot sin, because they have been born of God. 10 The children of God and the children of the devil are revealed in this way: all who do not do what is right are not from God, nor are those who do not love their brothers and sisters.
Remember earlier in chapter 1, John writes if you say you have no sin, you are lying and the truth is not in you. But here, we see him say, if you are in God, then you can’t sin. Everyone who sins is of the devil. So, what gives.
Here’s the deal. Yes, we are going to sin. We are. We are imperfect. None of us get it right. We are going to fail. And when we do, if we confess our sins, God will forgive them. He will. He has promised that He will forgive.
So, when you fall, turn to grace.
So, what is this talking about? Here’s the deal. Sin is a reality. And we need to be very, very careful with it. Do not approach sin lightly. Yes, we will sin, but go looking for it. Yes, we will get in trouble, but don’t go looking for trouble.
So as Christians, we have to be careful with our actions. Careful with our intent. Careful with what we do. Yes, we will make mistakes.
But don’t go looking to make mistakes. Don’t live with the thought, “I can do this, I know that God will forgive me!” Yes, God will forgive.
But sin is destructive. It is painful. It causes harm. It is a damaging thing to us, to our souls, to our lives. And God loves us and doesn’t want us to be harmed by these destructive things.
So we see this notion today. Avoid sin. It is harmful, it is painful. And may we never take lightly something so destructive.