I can’t do that anymore

“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.”  1 John 3:9.

This is not talking about perfection.

Sometimes the translations come off in a misleading fashion.  In the original language, the word “sinning,” as used here, refers to “continually” sinning.

If I claim to be controlled by God, I can’t behave consistently as someone controlled by the Devil.

In January of 2017 I committed myself to weight loss.  I went all-in and took to following a plan to get extra weight off me.

It pleases me that I have been successful in getting the extra weight off and am currently at where my ideal weight should be.

Let me relate the “weight” experience to today’s verse.  If I tell you that I am committed to weight loss and you see me taking in a couple of donuts at a well-known breakfast spot, you’re going to wonder about my weight-loss commitment.

However, maybe it was a momentary relapse and nothing more.  You never see me there again and you notice that the pounds are coming off me.

However, if you notice that I am regularly eating “badly,” you will likely conclude that my commitment wasn’t reality.

I claim to be a believer.  I claim to have brought God into my life to hereafter run it.  I may sin, but I get over it.  And then you watch me in action.  I am “living” in sin.  It is not an occasional slip-up, it is a lifestyle with no remorse. Today’s verse calls that person out: your behavior rejects what you claim.

I am a believer.  I cannot “live” in sin.  The more of Him that I let run my life the more aware I am of sins I commit.  In that relationship with Him, I am troubled by my sin.  I call it out.  I repent of it to Him.  I clean up, as best I can, my relationship with those I have sinned against.

Conclusion: I belong to God and am assured by God of an after-life with Him.  I must live now in that truth.


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