We love to quote 1 John 1:8 because it excuses the fact we live struggling with sin:
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”
We forget that in the same letter John says:
“No one who abides in him (God) keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.” (1 John 3:6)
“We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning,” (1 John 5:18)
Honestly those verses challenge me more.
It doesn’t take much to accept a verse that qualifies your disfunction…
Do I still sin?
Never let it be said that I’m not saying I don’t.
So what am I saying?
I am saying it’s possible to stop.
The message of 1 John is that while we deceive ourselves if we think we’ve never sinned. We are also deceiving ourselves if we choose to think that should always be the case!
So sure, I’ll let others quote 1 John 1:8 to support their ability to continue struggling with sin.
But I’m far more interested in figuring out how I can experience what 1 John 3:6 and 5:18 describe!