By: Summer Hortillosa

You tell a lie to cover for a friend. You flirt with that stranger because you think your spouse is about to leave you for someone else. You use vulgar language because you think no other words can better express your rage. God understands if you sin for a reason, doesn’t he?

As our omnipotent Creator, God knows that our human nature drives us to sin. This does not, however, justify our sinful actions since we are children of God.

While God will forgive us when we sin that’s not a green light to continue to sin; we should strive to lead godly lives. As Paul says, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1-2). Mindlessly, guiltlessly and even enthusiastically sinning should no longer have its place in our lives because it does not match who we are as born-again Christians.

When you are saved, the blood of Jesus washes you clean and makes you new. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). God’s divine accomplishment trumps anything your human hands could have ever done and nothing you do will ever change that. No sin is so great that it cannot be forgiven by the Lord.

As children of God, however, we should strive to be like him and show that the Holy Spirit lives inside us. We are in the world, but not of the world. John writes, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9). It is, therefore, no longer befitting for us to do unrighteous, ungodly things.

John continues, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world.” (I John 2:15-16).

In addition, Paul says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2).

As Christians, we must lead godly lives to let our light shine. Paul says, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.” (Romans 6:12-13).

Through our righteous actions and determination to avoid sin, we can show nonbelievers that God lives in us, blesses us and loves us. Hopefully, they too will embrace the Lord so their sins can be forgiven.