“What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? … We were therefore buried with him…just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” – Romans 6:1-4
Reading this passage as a new Christian, it astounded me. Jesus burying our sin and us having this new life in him is one that to this day is so beautiful. But then, I re-read it. I have sinned even after my old life has been “buried”. So often and in such blatant turning away from God.
How can my life be new when I had sinned all over again? In those times of sin, I hadn’t lost my faith, I still recognised him as my Lord and Saviour.
So how do we deal with sin after our salvation? How do we cope when the Bible talks about that beautiful newness of life that comes from loving Jesus YET we gave our lives to him many years ago and have sinned so much in that time??
Firstly this is a huge theological topic, and the aim of this post is not to go into the theological divisions about whether or not we sin when we are converted etc.
However, this verse 1 John 1 :8 -10 is very clarifying:
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all righteousness. If we claim we haven’t sinned we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”
Part of what happens when we become Christians is we realise our need for Jesus, as our one and only way to be saved and made right before God. Thus, whilst I do not know the details of doctrine on Salvation, I do know that it is in our sin and lostness that Christ gave his life to save us: ‘But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.’ Romans 5:8
We are made pure and clean THROUGH Jesus’ sacrifice and never were we ever saved by ‘being good’, or doing the right actions.
Therefore, instead of being dragged deep once again into the misery of your own sin, remember that your sin is DEALT with, if you have said in your heart of hearts that Jesus is Lord and you have welcomed him into your life as your Saviour.
Jesus has come so that we are free from sin, not necessarily in this life, but in the next:
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” – 1John 2:1
Stop dwelling on the sin, committed even after your salvation. Instead, marvel, rejoice, celebrate, worship the fact that Jesus LOVES and DIED FOR US despite all that. Make that your life’s mission, not to keep count of the ways you have failed but to rejoice in the way Jesus has saved you.
‘In him you also when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.’ – Ephesiens 1: 13-14
Let’s move forward, our eyes turned to him, as we traverse this life, not caught in wonder at our sinful nature, but caught in the beauty of his love for us.