11. How do we stop sin?

1John;7-13 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. This is what God says about how we are to serve him always, not when it’s convenient for us.

The ten commandments show us what sin is and to give us an understanding, but in reality they draw our attention to sin in others. The more we see other Sin we begin to judge their actions and that is the trap it has become. We that follow God need to remember that when Jesus was here he gave us new commandments and abolished the old ones. This is not to say that we should not still look to the old to help us with the new but we can not let them be a hindrance to us any longer. This is clearly shown in Romans-7;4-6 4 In the same way, my brothers, you were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, even to him who came again from the dead, so that we might give fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the evil passions which came into being through the law were working in our bodies to give the fruit of death. 6 But now we are free from the law, having been made dead to that which had power over us; so that we are servants in the new way of the spirit, not in the old way of the letter.

What then do we do and how can we stop sin? Jesus said to Love one another and to love God above all else. As we go about our day we do not go without sin no matter what we do or think, this is our nature. But if we do as Jesus said then we will be the better for it. I have said to my wife that after 16 years that I should have treated her better and by that i mean that instead of treating her like my wife and soulmate whom I love with all my heart that I should have been treating her like she was God. Though harder done then said if I do this for everyone then how am I not giving God my best and first? Because if God says he is in us all and we in him then why do we sometimes treat one another as we shouldn’t? By following God’s new commandments and leaving the old in the past it is easier to do what God wants. How can you Sin if you walk in Love always? This is what Jesus did and he was God’s perfect son on earth void of Sin and righteous. Peter 4;8-11 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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