SINNING AFTER SALVATION

By Dr. Charles Stanley
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.   –   1 John 2:1-2

How many times have you sinned since you first received Jesus as your personal Savior? This is an impossible question to answer. The harsh reality is that every single person sins — yes, including Christians.

All transgression, before or after salvation, stems from the desire to have our needs met apart from God. Whenever we take matters into our own hands, outside of His will, we are headed down a sad, sinful road.

Faith in Christ brings many things — a new relationship with God, a new spirit, a new outlook on life; however, it does not eradicate all traces of our old life. We still have the same body and the same mind, and that can lead us into some of the same difficulties.

Why do we still sin after salvation? It is because that same old “programming” directs our thinking in certain patterns, which leads us into trouble. War has been declared in our lives, as the sin nature struggles against the new life brought about by Christ. If we do not make a commitment to retrain our minds, we can expect a lifetime of trouble.
 
Scripture offers the remedy for this ongoing conflict: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). That is to say, we must intentionally fill our minds with the things of God, allowing Him to realign our thoughts.

Where are your thoughts taking you today? Are you grounding your thinking in Scripture, or does your thinking simply lead you aimlessly through life? That way leads to sin. Begin now to focus your mind on the Lord.

 

Devotional forwarded to you by:

UP CHRISTIAN YOUTH MOVEMENT

NCCP Ecumenical Ministry of the Church of the Risen Lord

University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus, QC

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