We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. (1 John 5:18 ESV)
There is a popular argument for allowing sin to run rampant in our fellowships and churches. The basis of the ‘reasoning’ is that since there is no scale for sin and since we are all born into sin and struggle with it our whole lives, who are we to set moral boundaries and specifics? After all, God is the ultimate judge, so we should just allow anything and everything in the body of Christ.
I’m sure there have been times when I too have argued in defense of a version of this ‘logic’ . . .
So what are we to do? Jesus hung out with prostitutes, drunkards and the like so shouldn’t we welcome them in as well? Absolutely! But 1 John 5 really nails down what differentiates someone who professes to be a Christian and those who have not yet made Jesus the Lord of their life. It’s about repentance and obedience. Once true conversion has taken place, and transformation has begun, we should be repulsed by anything that offends the very One who died for us. We should not be okay with living in the same filth and rebellion that He found us in.
It appears that this simple verse really blows the popular argument out of the water. We are either for Him and living our lives as close to His example as we can, or we are against Him and want to continue in sin. A converted person is a changed person – they are a new creation and no longer slaves to sin, but rather being regenerated by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, they strive to be more Christ-like.
Father, forgive us for mucking up the pure water that You poured out for us to drink. Open our eyes to the truth of Who You are and how You’ve called us to live. Help us to love the sinners with Your unconditional love, but to recognize and teach that repentance and desiring holy living is the true witness of a life transformed by you. And Holy Spirit, thank You for being there with us every step. Please convict us, guide us and lead us to lives that glorify You. Amen!
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