Updated: Jan 29, 2022
It is important to define sin and how it relates to us now that we are His sons and daughters. We will choose to sin at times even though we are His children (1 John 1:8-9) however, as we grow in our relationship with Him and there is an ever-increasing understanding of His unconditional love for us, the remembrance of the price that was paid for that sin and the effective working of His word in our lives; It will strengthen our ability to overcome the temptations. Temptation are not sin, but when acted on, will enable sin, and produce spiritual death in us (Romans 6:23). God has given what is needed to turn away from temptation and walk in victory and freedom over sin.
Sin, what is it?
The absence of unconditional love towards God and others.
A definition of sin from Strong’s concordance to wander from the law of God, violate God's law, sin that which is done wrong, sin, an offense, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act
Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law. John 3:16-17 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
How we relate to sin now
2Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Romans 6:10-12, 14 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Genesis 4:6-7 "Why are you so angry?" the LORD asked Cain. "Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master."
Our devotional life with Him and His love working in and through us will keep us from sin
Romans 13:8 Owe nothing to anyone--except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God's law.
Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Colossians 3:14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
1Timothy 1:5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,
James 2:8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well;
When we sin as His children we grieve or quench the Holy Spirit that lives within us which causes our hearts to be convicted and aware of the grief that we have caused
Ephesians 4:30 And do not bring sorrow (grief) to God's Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
1Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit.
Conviction is good for the soul
We are to move from conviction to correction.
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Revelation 2:5 "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent.
Shame and condemnation are not from God
In the beginning Adam and Eve lived free from sin, guilt, shame, and condemnation. There was no knowledge of good and evil but only knowledge of God and His perfect, unconditional loving nature. When the knowledge or the awareness of good and evil entered the equation so did sin, guilt, shame, and condemnation. When Adam sinned, he hid himself because he was ashamed of what he had done and was afraid of the consequences of his actions. As Christ followers, we are now free from the power of sin and the guilt, shame and condemnation that results from sin. We never need to run and hid from our Father. God, our heavenly Father, wants us to come to Him, admit what was done and then walk in grace and forgiveness that we have in Jesus.
Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 3:10 So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself." (Shame)
Romans 8:1-2 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
1John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
Psalm 34:21-22 Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.
Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 10:11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."