The question of sin

Casalis's picture

Would someone please answer this question... Jesus came to free us from sin but sin still remains a struggle in the lives of His church. How exactly did He free us from sin as He said in John 10? Surely God can give abundant grace to His children so that they sin no more but its as if though He holds back that grace and allows the struggle though He hates sin.. Could someone find a consensus here?

Maria Smith's picture



I believe you can achieve a holy state in this life but that does not mean you will not sin.

Sin takes on many forms. It happens in the holiest of people. A bad thought or bad feeling against someone, even though momentarily is still a sin. Things that we do without even being aware of: being prideful, vanity, being lazy in not doing what is expected - all these things are sin to a smaller degree.

I think that while we are in the flesh, we will never be rid of it. However, what helps is when you let go of earthly things. The things in this world do not matter, everyone realizes that when a major disaster happens. Trick is feeling the same way all the time. Then our focus will be concerned with the things above.

Easier said than done, but can be done. You do not need 10 pairs of shoes (although nice)
you do not need an extra slice of pie, or extra sandwich or another bathroom or another diamond ring,or or or....

Letting go of the world will bring our desires back into check. What is important here? Yes we need food, housing, job.. but the extreme excesses is what calls some of those deadly sins to come our way.

We can be holy. We should be holy because of God in us. Like loving your neighbor, for real, it takes practice. We need to spend time at it and that means reading the bible, spending quality time with God - not when you can squeeze Him in but time set aside, separately, for Him alone. Meditate on Him, what the word Father means. Meditate on each word of Jesus' prayer the Our Father- spend an hour or two on this prayer. This type of time spent with Him will allow you to let go of worldly things that will do no good in His kingdom.

So, yes I do believe we can be holy but sin will always be that little thorn we have to keep pulling out.

Yours in Christ,

Yours in Christ,
Maria 玛丽亚
CCEL Hostess