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Is it possible for a Christian to live without sinning?


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Nowhere does the Bible say that a Christian in this life will ever be completely perfect—that is, free from all sin (1 John 1:8).

As long as we are on this earth, we will always struggle against temptation and sin. That is one reason Jesus taught His disciples to pray (in The Lord’s Prayer), “Forgive us our sins … And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Luke 11:4, Matthew 6:13).

Sometimes we sin by our actions; sometimes by our motives. Often we sin not because of what we do, but because of what we fail to do. For example, we fail to love or forgive others, or in other ways fail to do things we ought to do—and that is sin.

However, there are three important truths we need to repeat over and over to ourselves. First, just because we sin does not mean we are no longer God’s children. Our fellowship with God may be broken, but our relationship is not. Second, when we sin God stands ready to forgive us, and we need to turn to Him immediately.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Third, God wants to help us (through His Holy Spirit, who lives within every believer) to avoid sin in the future. “Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:16).

Thank God that you belong to Christ, and thank Him for His grace and forgiveness when you do sin—and for strength to overcome future temptation. “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1).

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33 Comments

  1. Precious says:

    Thank you a million times. I need prayer to be strong in God’s work. I love God because he gave his only son to die for me. He deserves to be glorified.

  2. Dennis Quininez says:

    Thank you for the ministry of salvation through the teachhings of our LORD CHRIST please place me on a mailing list for daily inspiration as well as so that I may pray for others,thank you and GOD bless you

  3. Jason Arnold says:

    But I say walk by the spirit and yes shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 love covers a multitude of sin.

  4. Carter says:

    1 Thessalonians – 4:7
    “For God did not call us to be impure (sin), but to live a holy life.” NIV

  5. Ajit daimari says:

    Very very thank you and god bless you

  6. Godsown attah says:

    GOD BLESSED YOU

  7. samuel says:

    I need pray for my spiritual life for growth

  8. samuel says:

    I need pray for my spiritual life for growth

  9. Najuna John says:

    Am really in need of God`s protection and healing pray for me

    1. annie lewis says:

      The reading of Romans chapter 6 verses 1-23. This tells us that Jesus Christ died for our sins so that means we are free from sin and we should no longer live in a sinful nature cause Jesus paid the price for us and conquered sin on the cross.