“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.”
~1 John 3:9
The one who is born of God will not continue to sin. He might do something wrong and suddenly realizes it’s wrong. He won’t continue. Why? God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning because he has been born of God.
Not long ago, I watched someone on TV say that masturbation is not a sin. He tried to explain his stance, but he was just fidgeting. A lot of folks in his church are struggling with masturbation, and crying out for deliverance. That’s why they’re asked the question. They’re not happy. In their hearts they feel guilty. He’s trying to tell them that it is okay, but they can’t shake off their feeling of guilt. Anybody in that church with the seed of God in him who masturbates will be sad about the habit, because he still has the seed of God in him; he still has the life of God in him.
Any time you do something wrong as a Christian, something in you will not be happy. And I always say that as a child of God, preserve your guilt. When you commit a sin, and you feel guilty, it is good. It is healthy.
Guilt is healthy. However, it should not drive you to self-condemnation; it should drive you to God. You go to God in prayer, and confess; plead the blood of Jesus, and ask for mercy; ask for God’s help. But don’t ever say a sinful action is okay, because you are struggling with it. It’s not proper. You should pursue righteousness and avoid sin.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Heavenly Father, please help me to always run to you if I sin against You. May my guilt drive me to Your throne of mercy, in Jesus’ mighty name.