Choosing to fight
1 John 2:1-2
“1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Do you sin? I guess it comes down to what you call sin. Do you accept what God calls sin as sin or do you deviate? Moral relativism claims sin is determined by self. God lays out what sin is. Moral relativism is a shallow argument that collapses under any sort of critical thought. God’s definition of sin holds up under scrutiny and study.
What do you use to determine what is sin? I don’t believe it’s socialization that determines what sin is or why most of us don’t like to sin. I think God put right and wrong in our heart from the beginning – we know. If that’s not true, then it’s survival of the fittest and all bets are off. That’s not true for humans though, so it must be true that He put it on our hearts.
The option left is that it’s a choice we make to sin or not, and it’s about what God put in our hearts – the difference between right and wrong.
It’s then a battle between self will and God’s will. What side are you on? Who’s winning the battle for your soul? Are you even in the fight?
Christ died for our sins, for the sins of the world, so that we might spend eternity with him. What a blessing, but we abuse it, ignore it, trash it in the name of self gratification. Short term, guilt/shame ridden, destructive “gratification”. Sounds like the devil’s playground, not God’s.
We’ll never be perfect, but if we aren’t in the fight, we’re going to succumb more often than not. Fight to be more Christ like. Fight sin in your life. Turn it over to the Holy Spirit to change you.
We’ll never be perfect and that doesn’t excuse us from putting in the effort. Put up a fight against sin with the Holy Spirit as your guiding light and armor, knowing you’ll be wounded and imperfect along the way, but that the battle has already been won in the end.
If we love Christ we’ll strive to be more like him fully utilizing the weapons we’ve been given. If we don’t, we won’t. It shows up in your walk, not your talk. Battle on.