If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 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 1:8-10
The Bible says that because of righteousness, it is possible for you to not sin. You actually have that ability. That’s what righteousness does. That’s what grace does! This is what it can do.
When you live in the room of grace, you stop trying to avoid sinning. That belongs to the room of good intentions. In the room of good intentions, you live with assumptions about yourself and others. You intend to behave a certain way, or you expect certain behavior from your loved ones. Then you react from the flesh when your intentions or expectations don’t pan out. Someone doesn’t do what you intended for them to do, or someone doesn’t treat you the way you intended for them to treat you, and you react, with frustration maybe, or even anger.
But grace gives you the freedom to trust yourself and others. In the room of grace, you don’t have to strive to contain your behavior or control the behavior of others. When you walk with that freedom of trust, you stop trying to avoid sin. You have a new habit now. You just don’t want to sin.
Does it mean you won’t sin? No, it doesn’t. We all sin. If you could never sin, then the death of Jesus wouldn’t make sense. And if He doesn’t save you from your sin then it was pointless for Him to die. As we’ve been exploring, the people in the room of grace have all kinds of issues. But sin is not their habit. It’s not their lifestyle.
1 John talks a lot about this, but people misinterpret it. 1 John is read as if it says, “Do not sin, and if you do any of the things on this list, you’re going to hell.” But that’s not what 1 John means. It says that if you live a life of sin, with an attitude of sin and a habit of sin, and if you live with hatred towards people and God, then hell is definitely a destination.
But it is not telling you that must avoid sin. 1 John says, “Listen, you’re going to sin. But you have to realize that when you live in Jesus you are made righteous and holy. Live in that. Confess and God will purify you.”
Will you live in your flesh from time to time? Yes! You can’t be perfect. The flesh cannot be saved. Nowhere in scripture does it say that the flesh can be saved. The flesh is evil and you cannot expect to make it good.
But here’s the point: You’re good in the spirit of God. He has made you righteous, and you are free from sin.
I have more to say on this next time. See you Monday.