Why avoid sin?


09-10-2012

I have been confused and wondering: “Why should I avoid sinning?, What’s my motivation? If I already have forgiveness for all my sins [1, 2, 3]. I repented when I was baptized [4], and also I have the pardon for all my future sins, taking as a premise that I think God has forgiven me and he gives me eternal life through his son Jesus as a mean to reach him [5,6]. Then, If I am sure I’ll spend eternity with him [7, 8], in heaven, and I don’t have a doubt about it, why avoid sinning?”

And I thought and reflected, but it didn’t make any sense. It wasn’t about having an indifferent or inviting attitude to sin, because that’s not what I want, I mean, I don’t want my attitude to be like: “I can commit any sin, anyway Jesus already died for us so I’m justified.”, but even though I think of my motivation. And among all the reasons I can found to avoid sinning are:

  1. I want to please my father God.

  2. I want him to be proud of me.

  3. I want to obey him knowing that he reserves the best things for me.

  4. I want to correspond someway all things he does for me.

  5. I want to imitate his son Jesus and be more like him.

  6. I want to be righteous, so he can hear my prayers [10].

And I have been on situations where I cannot avoid sinning and I fall into temptation, over and over again. And I ask why and I know I don’t have any justification [11], and I feel bad, and I would like to turn back time and then avoid it. And I think about all the reasons that should be enough to avoid it, like:

  1. God lives in my body, which is temple of the Holy Spirit [12].

  2. I lose time in sin instead of be productive on God’s purpose.

  3. I am doing something that God doesn’t like it.

  4. I am disobeying.

  5. Etc.

Here are some points I have learned and we should know about sin, life, and our relation with God:

  1. After Jesus death, there is no need to offer sacrifices for sin, as it usually was done with animals, etc. The last sacrifice was Jesus [13].

  2. There is no such good action we can do in order to earn heaven and be with God’s glory. This is not a gift we could deserve through our actions. He has given us that gift through his son Jesus. Anyone who believes in him, believes in the father, anyone who gets baptized, has a place in heaven with him [8].

  3. God has given us freewill, we choose to follow him or not.

  4. God will give us eternal life.

  5. When we commit sin, we should confess it and bring it to light [14, 15, 16].

  6. God’s glory is manifested in our weakness [17].

  7. The repentance we have, that makes us feel sad, is a God’s sign of forgiveness [18].

  8. We cannot judge anyone, even ourselves. God is the only one who judges [19-23]

Considering that, I learned then:

  1. It’s true that God gives us eternal life, but to have eternal life, we should have life first. I mean, to have eternal life implies: to have life, and to be eternal. I can have a non eternal life, but I can not be eternal without having life. That’s why I should avoid sinning, because sin causes spiritual death, and if there is no spiritual life, which kind of eternity would we have?

  2. The gilt we have will never be greater than God’s mercy.

  3. We are not perfect, but that’s does not impede our desires to be like Jesus.

  4. I should be focused on doing good things, and not be focused on how to fight my sins only, or thinking about if I have forgiveness or not.

  5. I should pray for others, that, as well as I, are sinners.

  6. I should remember I am not the only one who sins, who needs help, I should see around to see who else needs help.

  7. I should know that it’s not only about me, not everything is related to me. Experiences I have now, can help others too.

  8. I am a sinner, but I am a son of God, and I have forgiveness.

Biblical references

  1. Isaiah 1:18

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

  1. Isaiah 43:11

I, even I, am the Lord,
and apart from me there is no savior.

  1. Isaiah 43:25

“I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.

  1. Mark 16:16

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

  1. John 11:25

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

  1. John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

  1. 1 John 5:1-21

Faith in the Incarnate Son of God

5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the[a] Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Concluding Affirmations

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

  1. John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

  1. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  1. Proverbs 15:29

The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

  1. Matthew 26:41

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

  1. 1 Corinthians 6:19

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

  1. John 1:29

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

  1. Psalms 32:5

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

  1. 1 John 1:9

 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

  1. James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

  1. 2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

  1. 2 Corinthians 7:9-10

yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

  1. Matthew 7:1

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

  1. Luke 6:37

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

  1. Romans 2:1

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

  1. Romans 14:10

You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

  1. James 4:12

There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

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