God is a most magnificent father who has bestowed on us, his children, all that we need to know to be pleasing to Him in this life and live with Him eternally in the life to come.  1 Peter 2:3 tells us, “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him.”  So, how is that knowledge attained?  2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof for correction, for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” Also, John 8:32 assures us that we can “know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”  What does “the truth” make us free from?  The obvious answer is sin.  Sin is a lawlessness according to 1 John 3:4.

So, does each sin I commit through weakness and human failure mean I will be eternally lost?  Of course, all sin should be repented of. Thankfully, 1 John 1:7 tells us, “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  A continual life of doing our best to follow God’s Word is the only way to be pleasing to Him.  However, we are weak and Scripture promises that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9. 

But, what about sins we enter into that we know are displeasing to our Father?  James 4:17, states, “To one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to Him it is sin.”  In Matthew 19:9, the Lord tells us, “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication, and marries another woman commits adultery.”  This teaching is quite clear, yet how many divorce for any reason and enter into an unscriptural marriage with their eyes wide open?  The answer is, too many.  Hebrews 10:25 warns us, “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.”  Some brethren seem to choose to stay away from worship services when they could be here, which can weaken their faith and discourages others.  In the parable about the unrighteous steward, who was squandering his master’s possessions, Jesus states in Luke 16:2, “Give account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.”  Christians must be wise managers of their money and pay their debts when they are due.  The list of sins we knowingly commit could go on and on.

Ephesians 4:30 admonishes us not “to grieve the Holy Spirit” by being unchristian in our lives.  I think we could also include God the Father, Christ, and elders of the church are also grieved by those who knowingly commit sin.  It is a bad example to other Christians and our young people growing up in the church. Plus, it endangers the eternal destiny of the one who acts against the commands.  Let’s all examine ourselves and commit ourselves to knowingly doing righteousness.



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