"Whosoever abides in him sins not: whosoever sins has not seen him, neither known him" - I John 3:6
While it is in the heart of a true believer to do what is right according to the will of God, we are still human, and therefore are liable to do things that are against the will of God "for there is not a just man upon earth, that does good and sins not" (Ecclesiastes 7:20).
“Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?” – Proverbs 20:9
Some of the greatest characters in the bible have sinned against God, like David king of Israel who committed adultery with Bathsheba, and had her husband murdered. He allowed his passion for her to get the best of him to the point where he had to have her at whatever cost. Besides David, there were many more who had sinned against God.
Although we have been redeemed through the blood of Jesus, our flesh is still at work within us, to tempt us into doing things that are against the will of God.
“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would” - Galatians 5:17
However, this is not an excuse to practice sin. A truly born-again believer in Christ does not practice sin as a way of life. Even if he is overtaken by temptation, he does not continue in it as a way of life. Why would he if he says he loves God?
"If you love me, keep my commandments" - John 14:15
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.