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Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins
has neither seen Him nor known Him. (1 John 3:6)
The Bible makes two things clear about sin. First,
living a lifestyle of sin indicates that you are not walking in the power of
the Holy Spirit, regardless of what you say about your spiritual condition. You
cannot regularly spend time studying and meditating on God’s word, praying and
walking in fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and persist in sin.
Second, if you do not hate sin the way God does, then
you do not truly know Him. There are those who continue in their sin yet insist
that they love God and belong to Him. John makes it clear: If you have a
lifestyle of sin, you have not seen Him and do not know Him. You may have
prayed a “sinner’s prayer,” or made a commitment in your church, or been
baptized, but the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life is that
you are defeating sin. This does not mean that you will never sin, but it does
mean that you refuse to make sin a lifestyle and you immediately seek
forgiveness when you sin (1 John 1:10). It means that you are opposed to sin,
as God is, and you allow the Holy Spirit to eradicate every trace of sin in
your life. It means that when you sin, you immediately confess it and repent of
it and do whatever is necessary to avoid repeating your sin.
If you find yourself falling into sinful habits or
not grieving over your sin as you once did, this indicates that you are not
abiding in Christ. Return to Him in repentance; restore your fellowship with
Him, and you will once again experience victory over your sin.