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Guest Blogger: Jason Helopoulos

Every Christian sins. Every child of light stumbles into momentary darkness. Every prince or princess acts like a rebel at times. As Christians in this world, we are sinners and saints. Redeemed, yet still needing to repent. Forgiven, yet still needing to forsake. Confessing Christ, yet still needing to confess sin. This reality of our lives is not easy. In fact, few moments in life pain or discourage the Christian more than the instant we become conscious of having committed yet another sin against our heavenly Father. Surely, it grieves us. And at times, it can lead to anxiety, guilt, melancholy, embarrassment, and even depression for many Christians.

In the midst of such struggle, the Christian does well to remind themselves of the gospel comforts of Scripture. There is peace to be had and love to enjoy. Our Heavenly Father ever extends His grace to us. The Christian also does well to take to heart gospel encouragements. We desire to pursue Christ and work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). As we tread through this Valley of Baca (Psalm 84:6) let us readily embrace both the comforts and encouragements of the gospel. Falling into sin, though never good, provides such an opportunity.

Remind Yourself of these Comforts:

  • Forgiveness is yours. Forgiveness is not a possibility; it is already a reality (1 John 2:12).
  • A clean record is yours. Your debt is gone. The Lord paid the penalty, the record of debt has been cancelled, and the legal demands have been met. (Colossians 2:13-14).
  • Peace is yours. Grant yourself peace; God has. "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1)
  • The guilt is not yours to carry. It has been born by another. "He said, 'It is finished,' and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit" (John 19:30).
  • The Father is yours. God continues to be your Everlasting Father. He continues to direct His love towards you. (Galatians 4:6-7)
  • Freedom is yours. You are not forsaken. Your sin does not need to be the start of a life lived in habitual sin. This isn't the end. You remain in the palm of His hand. "I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand" (John 10:28).
  • Christ's prayers are yours. The faithful High Priest intercedes for you. Nothing is hidden from Him and He cries out for you (Hebrews 7:25).
  • Life is yours. Your life is not over. You are united to Christ and will persevere to the end (John 6:39-40).
  • Grace is yours. Though your sin may be great, Christ's grace is greater still. We have grace upon grace in Christ our Lord (John 1:16).
  • You are not disqualified. God continues to use sinners for great purposes. God is not done working in you and through you. (1 John 2:1).

Remind Yourself of these Encouragements going forward:

  • You are not yet what you shall be. What a glorious thought! "Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2).
  • You are to be a holiness seeker. Holiness is a constant pursuit and endeavor. We have not arrived. The need for growth in knowledge, wisdom, love, and maturity echoes in the canyon of our fall. "Strivefor peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14).
  • You are to be a sin-hater. Sin is an enemy that leads to death. It is no friend, it is not neutral, and it is not worth it! The consequences of sin always prove to be greater than any enjoyment found in it. "For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).
  • You are to be a soldier. We need to have a wartime mentality. Every moment of our lives is lived in the midst of spiritual warfare. Our adversary is constantly prowling around seeking to devour us (1 Peter 5:8).
  • You are to be a watchman. Vigilance is necessary. One moment of not being on-guard can be a moment that shapes the rest of our lives, hurts those around us, and grieves our Lord (Matthew 26:41).
  • You are to run the race. Falling into sin reminds us that we have one goal: to finish the race before us to the glory of God. That is enough. The challenge is sufficient for a thousand life-times (2 Timothy 4:7).
  • You are to grow in the Lord. No matter how mature we thought we were in the faith, sin reminds us that we have a long way to go (Colossians 3:1-17).
  • You continue to need grace. Like a fish needs water, you need grace. You continue to need grace as much today as you did at your first coming to know Christ. Seek it, embrace it, and live in it. (Galatians 3:3).

A repentant and confessing Christian has much to remind themselves of when they fall into sin. We need the comfort of the gospel and its strong encouragements. We need reminders to quite our souls with peace regarding the past and reminders to galvanize them for action going forward. We have a great God. Let us never forget that. A God whose grace is sufficient for the past and whose strength is sufficient for the future.


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110 thoughts on “When A Christian Sins”

  1. Bill says:

    Woundedego, I grant you this those that say that they are without sin, those that say that they are not 100 % sinners, I agree with you, they are not christians those that deny they are sinners. 1 John 1:8-10 is clear anybody that denies he’s a sinner is an unbeliever and makes Jesus a liar. Christians like the tax collector cry out God have mercy on me a sinner, while the unbeliever like the Pharisee thanks God for making him so good Luke 18:9-14. Christ came to save those that are sick not those that do not need a physician Matthew 9:12 , Mark 2:17 and Luke 5:31 . Nobody that says he’s not a mighty sinner can be a christian, a christian like Paul says 1 Timothy 1:15 is a mighty sinner.

    I believe Woundedego , that your problem is that you haven’t attended a proper church service ever, you’ve never been in a christian service where there is confession and absolution. Where you sing hymns like “nothing in my hand I bring, only to thy cross I cling ” where you you read from the bulletin that you have and continue to offend God in all your actions, and then you receive the absolution. Every christian service should have a confession and absolution, otherwise is a bible study but not a christian service. Maybe you should go to a lutheran church and partake in communion and the confession and absolution, and you will get a better handle on christian doctrine. This applies to many people that just like the pharisees search the scriptures and cannot find Christ, because many churches have replaced the confession and absolution with a pastor picking a bible verse and interpreting to his own liking, sound doctrine has been lost.

  2. Bill says:

    Woundedego, frankly if you are not a sinner Jesus has no interest in you, you are not going to see the kingdom of God ever. Matthew 9:13 and Luke 5:32 , I didn’t come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. And you have no interest in Christ either , because your self righteousness and not Christ’s righteousness justifies you in your eyes. So basically there is no match between Jesus and you, as simple as that. Only sinners love Jesus, and vice versa Jesus only loves sinners , he does not love the righteous.

  3. WoundedEgo says:

    “…I didn’t come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance…”

  4. Bill says:

    Yes Woundedego, but repentance means contrition and faith. It does not mean doing good works which nobody can do. Our conscience convicts us of sin, and we are at war with God. There are two ways to be at peace with God, by the forgiveness of sin or by being self righteous and kidding ourselves that we are doing good works. I am at peace with God, because Christ atoned for my sin, not because I have stopped sinning which I haven’t since becoming a christian. Some days I sin more than when I was a non christian.

  5. WoundedEgo says:

    Rom 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
    Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
    Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
    Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
    Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
    Rom 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
    Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
    Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

    Rom 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
    Rom 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

  6. Dave says:

    Thank you Jason. Sweet encouragement here, brother. The blood of Christ speaks louder than the voice of condemnation.

  7. Bill says:

    Woundedego, all the scripture you quote is irrelevant if you interpret it like the pharisees and think that being a christian is law keeping. The christian is free from the law and good works have zero role in salvation, none , zip.

  8. Bill says:

    The old covenant (the Mosai jewish law) , muslim law, hindu karma, atheist works have all one thing in common they are based on works. The gospel (the promise to Adam and Eve in Genesis, to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David) is based on grace and works have no part in it. You, Woundedego, my friend are advocating a religion of the law like the jewish people that crucified Christ, the muslims, hindus, and atheists.

  9. WoundedEgo says:

    Bill wrote: “…The gospel (the promise to Adam and Eve in Genesis, to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David) is based on grace and works have no part in it….”

    WE: Adam and Eve were banished from the tree of life because they disobeyed. Abraham was justified by his works:

    Jas 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
    Jas 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
    Jas 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
    Jas 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
    Jas 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

    Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
    Heb 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
    Heb 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
    Heb 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
    Heb 11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
    Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
    Heb 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
    Heb 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
    Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
    Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
    Heb 11:18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
    Heb 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

    Jas_2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

    Jas_2:26 For as the body without the spirit [breath] is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

  10. I am at peace with God, because Christ atoned for my sin, not because I have stopped sinning which I haven’t since becoming a christian. Some days I sin more than when I was a non christian.

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