12th December 2016

Do We Sin Daily

“Do we sin daily? Is it possible to go an entire day without sinning?”While there is not a Bible verse that specifically states we commit a sinful act each day, we do have verses that remind us that we have inherited the capacity to sin at any moment.

Romans 5:12

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.

Psalm 51:5

For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me

In addition, we have commands that we know we never keep, much less on a daily basis.

For instance, who can claim to love God with all his heart, mind and soul every moment of every day? No one. Yet, that is the greatest commandment

Matthew 22:36-38“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

Failing to love God completely at all times is a daily sin for all Christians.Scripture warns us of the deceitfulness of our old sinful nature, which in a sense is warning us of the potential, if not the likelihood, of daily sin.

Jeremiah 17:9

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?

Even the apostle Paul was frustrated with his own battle against indwelling sin

Romans 7:22-23

I love God’s law with all my heart.But there is another power (Greek law) within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

This capacity to sin led him to cry in desperation,

Romans 7:24

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?.Solomon knew full well that he and all men not only have the potential for sin, but that we all exercise that capacity routinely.

As he stated in his prayer at the dedication of the temple,

1 Kings 8:46

“If they sin against you—and who has never sinned?—you might become angry with them and let their enemies conquer them and take them captive to their land far away or near.

Ecclesiastes 7:20

Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.

Again, while these verses do not unequivocally indicate daily sin, they certainly warn us against the pride of saying at any moment that we have no sin.The good news is that we will not have to strive forever against daily sin. One day we will be in heaven with our Savior and will be freed from the presence and power of sin, just as we have already been freed from its penalty.

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