COMMENTER 1:It’s how we ask for forgiveness. Are we truly sorry (contrite), do we hate our sin, do we fight against it more every day? By faith in Christ we are justified (He looks upon us in love as if we had never sinned). By His Spirit we are sanctified (more and more we reflect His image by being good stewards of His gifts and blessings). When we live in the Vine we produce good fruit – and we will resist the devil and sin. Does that fit the question?
COMMENTER 2:God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: He makes saints out of sinners.
― The Journals of Kierkegaard
Yes God is an enabler! He enables me to resist sin and when I fall, to ask for His forgiveness.”
COMMENTER 3.I sin every day even with a thought.” I am sinful but I don’t think that my thoughts make me sinful. James 1: 14-15 says we are tempted and drawn away by our own lust. Thoughts will come to me but it is my choice to act/not act on the thought. If I reject the thought I have not sinned, rather I’ve had a victory.
VERLE: The apostle of love, JOHN struggled with this balance, as have christians through the years. On difficult discussions like this, I find analogies better than words and ideas. Let’s start with the kindest best father that you know and remember that if he,(being evil) can be good to his children–how much more would our father in heaven be kind and good to us his children?
At the very least a good father will not disown his children for struggling and struggling with their attitudes and behaviors. However when those attitudes and behaviors get in the way of a good relationship with him, or cause danger and damage to the loved child; he offers help that they “sin not”. He works to restore relationship and to heal damage and to lead beyond healing to equip them for all life situations.