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Is it possible for a Christian to live without sinning?


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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  1. Albert Runganga says:

    thanx for the word ,it helped me a lot and I hope God will help me to overcome my sinful actions

  2. Lucretia Woods says:

    I really enjoyed this article. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Antonio Christian says:

    People say we all sin and come short of the glory of God. Actually it’s says all have sinned and came short of is glory. Have is a past tense word. So Jesus was the only one without sin. So throug him we can be just has he is. Be Holy for I am Holy. Then people say we are not perfect but Jesus said be perfect for I am perfect. Matthew 5:48. And 1 John 3:9 says whoever is born of God don’t commit sin. I believe if we operate fully in the Holy Spirit that we can overcome everything that’s not like God. Psalms 119:11 says your Word I’ve hid in my heart that I won’t sin against you. So we have scripture to back it up. But I believe we can walk up right if walk in the fulness of Christ and stay humble. God bless.

  4. kagiso says:

    When it comes to God.. is not a question of sin or no sin. As long as he sees you righteous then you are holy. Jesus took your place of unrighteousness and gave you his place of righteous. When it comes to God, a man sin with his soul or the heart of his heart. For an example you can sin by having pride, hatred and fear or even bitterness. These things give birth to an action, but the sin was born in your heart the day you allowed anger etc to take over.

  5. Benjamin Levi MOSES says:

    Very well answered! I believe that no one can live a sinless life on this earth but all His children can live a victorious life in Christ Jesus. And victory comes though battle as we evaluate our choices daily in the light of God’s Word and make Him our priority – for we are more than conquerors in Him who gives us the victory! (Romans 8).

  6. Ochokpefu says:

    I believe we can live without sinning

    1. Zachary brown says:

      I believe we can live a sinless life. God requires a sinless life. He said no sin will enter into the kingdom of heaven. This idea that we can live a Christian life while still living in sin is a lie God does not ask for a holy sinless life, he requires it

    2. BGEA says:

      Hi Zachary,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The Bible says “we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Every single one of us has sinned. The only remedy for sin is Jesus. You are right that God demands holiness, and it is through Jesus that we are made holy. Here’s a link with more information on the biblical view of sin: God bless you. -BGEA team

    3. neena says:

      Thank you ! At least someone said that.

  7. Yvonna Kenny says:

    Need prayers to help get through this battle with pain. It’s causing problems with my marriage.

  8. Sondra says:

    Is it possible to answer this question with a “yes,” or a “no”? because of Romans 6:1-23 (14,16-19, 22) ; 1 Corinthians 6:9

  9. pastor leroy alexander says:

    To many verses in the bible for me to believe that in Christ in can not live without sin 1cor.10;13 1Pet.4;1-5 1Jn.2;6 1Jn.4;17.Praise God just want to share in love.We must listen to and live by the HolySpirit.Gal.5;16.

  10. Flint Liddon says:

    I’ve hurt others that I love, and I’ve hurt myself, through lust and acting on it even though not in a physical one on one way. I refused to turn away entirely from the object of the sinning. Instead prayed to God to remove the desire. I kept thinking “I can control it if I do … or…”.