The Bible definition of sin is” “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Man has an inherited weakness in keeping the law. When we try to fulfill the law by our own strength, we lose our joy of salvation and set ourselves up for repeated failures. Sadly, we labor under a terrible burden. We feel pressured to do something to secure salvation, but, at the same time, our sin nature renders us unable to obey the law. The more we focus on keeping the law, the more our sin nature rebels. The more our sin nature rebels, the more frightened and joyless we become.
But God provided all the grace necessary to overcome sin. God gave us the law so that we would be aware of our sin and turn to Him for help, power and strength (Romans 3:19-20; Galatians 3:23-26). While the law is good because it is a reflection of God’s nature and His perfection, it can never save us. It is Christ who fulfills the law in us (Matthew 5:17).
The only way to break the cycle and stop sinning is to abide in Christ and rejoice in the power of His love that was shown in the Cross. The joy of salvation comes from accepting the fact that God’s grace is really sufficient and very effective in transforming our evil nature into good nature. God can certainly change us and conform us to the image of Christ, and that it is His work, not ours (Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:20-21).
Once this reality is truly grasped, sin loses its power “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Romans 5:20). If the devil can make us sin, then God can certainly make us not sin. The good works, God accomplishes through us, are done because of love and joy rather than out of fear “for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10).
God promises the believers that “we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37). “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:56-58).
In His service,
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