Martinho in email asked me a really great question: “If I have repented my sins, accepted Jesus as my Savior and pray that my sins will end, will I stop sinning?”
You and I (and everyone else) sin. Sin is a term used in archery meaning, missing the mark. We sin when we chose to not do what we are supposed to do and chose to do things we are not supposed to do.
Often sin is due to temptation; our being tempted to do something we shouldn’t or tempted to not do something we should. Temptation is always around us for us to sin. It is not a sin to be tempted however to give into the temptation, meaning to do whatever it is we know is wrong, is sin.
People who have repented and accepted Christ Jesus as their Savior, have their sins forgiven by God. Repented means that we turn away from doing the sins we have done admitting that we were wrong in doing them and pledging to not do them again and that we turn away from committing future sin. Accepting Christ Jesus as our Savior means that we humbly bow before God admitting that we by our own means can do nothing to take away our sins and are admitting that we owe absolutely everything to God.
God has made to us a promise that;
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10: 13
What that means is that for us who have repented and accepted Christ Jesus as their Savior, the Holy Spirit of God informs us that not only are we being tempted to sin, the Holy Spirit informs us of how we can avoid sinning and gives to us the means and strength to not give into the temptation and sin. An example would be you and I are walking in a shopping mall and there’s a really nice small portable radio I like so much that I’m tempted to put it into my pocket without paying for it. The Holy Spirit would inform me that it is wrong to steal and that if I want it that I should pay for it and if I didn’t want to pay for it that I should leave it alone. My choice is to either listen to the Holy Spirit and not steal it and either purchase it or leave it there. God always leaves the choice making up to the individual because God has given to us free will to choose. If God had not given to us free will to choose, we all would be programmed like robots doing everything by script.
Yet you and I do not always make the best choices in our life and thus we may at times fall into temptation and not listen to the Holy Spirit informing us of how to escape. Thus, even though we pray, our sins will not end while we are here on this earth before Christ Jesus’ return. Only Christ Jesus was and is perfect and did no sin while He lived on earth. For us who have repented and accepted Christ Jesus as our Savior, only when we get into Heaven will our sins end.
We are told to; “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1: 2-3
Being forgiven of our sins by God does not however mean that we should just go out and sin because we know God will forgive us. For anyone who knowingly sins is knowingly going against God and is saying to God that God doesn’t matter.
‘Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.”‘ James 1: 12-14
So Martinho, because you and I don’t always make the right choice and thus we will at some time sin. Only Christ Jesus was and is perfect and did no sin while He lived on earth. For us who have repented and accepted Christ Jesus as our Savior, only when we get into Heaven will our sins end.