1 John 5:18–21 (ESV)
18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but
he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
This passage concludes 1 John, but verse 18 is a tough verse. It shouldn’t be, but it is tough. “We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning.” When
you wake up in the morning and look into the mirror, ask yourself “Are you born of God?” The answer is simple, do you repent of your sins and have faith in Jesus Christ life, death, and resurrection for the forgiveness of your sins?
It’s either yes or no. Kind-of-sort-of doesn’t work. Your either are a believer or your not. Being a Hindu doesn’t count either, having faith in all the religions to cover your bases does not count. The Ten Commandments
state “You shall have no other God!” Getting back to the mirror, are you a believer or not. If you are, then the next part of the verse states “everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning.”
Think about this before you answer. I won’t beat around the bush, if you say you don’t keep on sinning, you are not telling the truth. If you say that you do keep on sinning, then you have spiritual problems. We are not to continue
in a sinful life style. Actually, If you say yes or no, you have a spiritual problem. How can you win? You can’t! At this point, we must shake our head and ask what do we do? It comes down to a hopeless state, we can’t
do anything. It is at this point that we step back and look at the Cross and realize that it is Jesus who substituted his perfect life for our sinful life. He paid the price and set us free. While we will continue to sin, we are to try and
do better. We do not earn our way into heaven, but Jesus did. Out of his great divine act on the Cross, we should want to stop sinning. This is the daily struggle of a Christian. If it is not a struggle, then you probably have a spiritual
problem. I pray: Lord, thank you for covering me for all my sins and forgiving me. Help me in my daily walk to “want to do better.” Jesus, protect us in our daily struggles and point us to the cross. Thank you for
your forgiveness and eternal life. Amen.