But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . .. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. ~ Joshua 24:15
As Christians, we know that we live in a fallen world, therefore it’s possible to sin. However, we must not live a lifestyle of sin. If we sin, we must quickly repent, because we believe (Mark 1:15; Matthew 3:2; 4:17; Acts 3:19; 1 John 3:23). Sin isn’t a popular topic in today’s culture where men and women imagine themselves to be right in their fallible truths. However, that truth is just an illusion—the very nature of sin—trying to define truth without consulting God. Thus, to grasp godly living as a choice of the will, we must grapple with the concept of sin.
The Bible describes sin as a transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7; Joshua 1:18). There’re two fundamental ways we sin. . . omission and commission. A sin of omission is one in which we knew we should have done something good but didn’t (James 4:17). A sin of commission is one in which we take action to commit. . . in thought, word, or deed. A thought becomes sin when we affirm in our hearts to act on the thought (Matthew 5:28). Additionally, a sin of commission can be intentional or unintentional.
To avoid sin, we need Jesus! Therefore, living a godly life embraces the love of Jesus Christ. Jesus gave us a clear illustration of this, I am the vine, and you are the branches (John 15:5). Godliness is in Jesus, and it flows from Him to us. Godliness grows in us as we mature in Him. For Jesus Christ with us and in us—the hope of glory. This leads us to the choice of human will. . .
We can choose to obey God or not (Deuteronomy 30:15-19; Ezekiel 18). Yet, God makes it explicitly clear that He wants everyone to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4-6; Isaiah 45:22). Scripture declares that we not only can choose, but we also are responsible for choosing that which is good. And it’s only through the grace and power of God that free will truly become free in that we’re able to choose salvation (John 15:16; Ephesians 4:24). Salvation is God’s work! However, at the same time, our motivations, desires, and actions are deliberate, and we are rightly held responsible for them.
So, as Christians, we must not feel helpless over the possibility of sin. We have all that we need to choose that which is good—Jesus Christ! And with the will to choose (Deuteronomy 30:19)—we can resist sin (James 4:7).
Finally, I thank our Senior Pastor, Dr. Crawford for providing biblical insight on this topic and sharing that Christians must, “think critically, live biblically, and lead courageously.”
God bless. . . I am Wiley’s granddaughter.