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?

jwmcmac's picture

Maria, What a powerful


What a powerful series of verses and what a statement against a life of sin or the allowance of living in that manner. We must always consider that if we still have the habit of sin that we are in grave jeopardy. Thank goodness for the Sacrament of Confession which gives us a chance to get back on track, if we are sincere in our penitance. The Sacramental Life of the Church is a great help to our fallen human nature . . . helping us to remold our fallen nature and bending it to GOD's Will as we practice the Faith in this Sacramental, visible and invisible, manner.

I might add these verses . . .

Mathew 5:48 "Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect."

Luke 6:36 "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful."

and a less apt passage . . .

1 Peter 1:13 "Wherefore having the loins of your mind girt up, being sober, trust perfectly in the grace which is offered you in the revelation of Jesus Christ,

14 As children of obedience, not fashioned according to the former desires of your ignorance:

15 But according to him that hath called you, who is holy, be you also in all manner of conversation holy:

16 Because it is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy.

17 And if you invoke as Father him who, without respect of persons, judgeth according to every one's work: converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here."

This last can be relegated to 'don't cuss' or 'speak well' . . . but it is the ". . . be Holy, for I am Holy" . . . that I was looking at . . . and this in Life and Works and Conversation.

Anyway, great post, Maria.