At the P31 blog today I was talking about how the power to overcome sin is rooted in the love of God. “We love Him because He first loved us.” Had He not loved us through the cross – we would have no hope of overcoming sin. We’d be enslaved to it.
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34-35). Author Jennifer Kennedy Dean writes, “We would never sin freely. If we saw things as they are and knew the reality behind the appearance, we would never choose sin. Sin doesn’t make sense. If we could see as God sees, we would not freely choose sin. So, when we sin, we are not acting freely; we are already acting as a slave to the sin that has infiltrated our core” (Life Unhindered).
Dean doesn’t mean that we don’t have any choice but to sin, or that we hold no responsibility for our choices to sin. We do – especially once we know the commands of Christ. However, those very teachings from scripture can set us free from sin. “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).
"By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence." (2 Peter 1:3)
This glorious, most excellent God has loved you so totally- despite your sins and propensity to disregard Him - that He Himself died in your place to wash away your sin record. And He supplied you with the guidance of the scriptures – the truths that lead you away from the path of sin and into His arms. What’s more, He’s given you full access to His Spirit while He prepares a place for you in eternity.
This is your God. May your love for Him be stirred today.
Thankful for the love of God extended to me.