What Happens When a Christian Sins?

What Happens When a Christian Sins?

Our August theme  in Faith Unlimited Magazine is “Love is the liberator.” So, I guess the answer to this question is that when a Christian sins they lose their salvation – NOT! WE ARE LOVED! WE ARE FORGIVEN!!

The blood of Jesus covers our sin: past, present, future, unperceived due to our pride, willful … all of our sin! In fact, one drop of the precious blood of our Savior was enough to cover the sin of all mankind throughout all time!

So, I’m good. Just forget it. NOT! My natural tendency would be to self-justify, rationalize, and not actually repent. But I, by His grace, “don’t live according to the sinful nature, I live according to the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:1-4)

Sometimes, I don’t know when I’ve crossed the line from temptation into sin. What to do!?! Of course, God’s Word gives us instruction not only about how to repent, but how to live a repentant life with His gift of a repentant heart.

First John 1:5-2:2 needs to be a part of every Christian’s everyday walk with our Lord. We often quote verse nine to unbelievers, but 2:1 lets us know that John was writing to Christians. So, we need to walk in the Light (present tense).

           This is the message we have heard from Him (Jesus) and declare to you: God is Light; in Him there is                 no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do                 not live out the truth. But if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with one                         another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, (continuously) purifies us from all sin.  If we claim to be without               sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will            forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make               Him out to be a liar and His word is not in us.  My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not                 sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is             the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Notice the verb tenses in this passage. Read it carefully. The goal of every Christian is not to sin, but when we do, our faithful indwelling Holy Spirit convicts (not condemns) us. Repentance is immediate.  When I’m walking (present tense) in the Light, I can catch myself at the point of temptation – that’s the goal! But, even if I’m not sure if I’ve crossed the line into sin, I repent and receive forgiveness and cleansing by faith. I keep my heart clean!

I love John’s last reminder in this passage because it reminds me to be quick to forgive: “… not only ours ….” Carrying unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, and/or resentment can be one of the greatest blockades to being aware of sin in our lives and our ability to repent. We’re not walking in the Light.

One last thought: I love mentoring new Christians. One of the things I need to model is how to live a repentant life.  When I sin, I don’t hide it from my mentees. That would be the natural tendency. After all, aren’t mentors supposed to be perfect? HA! Who would want to be mentored by someone that is self-righteous!?! Self-righteousness is the most dangerous of sins, particularly for those of us who have been saved for a while. The devil will try to deceive us into thinking we’re OK without real repentance. Who got into trouble with Jesus? Not the average, regular people like you and me; it was the self-righteous, religious Pharisees and Sadducees!  We need to guard our hearts dear friends. More than that, we need to count on the Holy Spirit within to keep watch. I’m so thankful that He does! Aren’t you? So,

                                                            What happens when a Christian sins?                                                                                                   In short, living a repentant life, by faith, we humbly confess our sins,                                                                                             and receive forgiveness and cleansing.

Do you know the song from Psalm 51:10-13? Sing with me.

“Create in me a clean heart, oh God,  And renew a right spirit within me.


Cast me not away from Thy presence Oh Lord, And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy Salvation. Then, will I teach transgressors Thy ways.”

4 Responses to “What Happens When a Christian Sins?”

  1. Robert Weckenmann

    GREAT ARTICLE!!! Yes, my Brother. When tempted by the Adversary, his MAIN goal is not Simply get the Christian to simply commit the Sin… that is true, but his Focus is on getting the Christian to consider themselves “unworthy” or “unfit” to be in the Service of Our Lord, Jesus Christ… & CEASE Confession & Repentance. If a True Follower of Christ does not Continue to Confess & Repent… Hebrew 10:26-31, 2 Peter 2, & MANY other places in Scripture… WARN that if One, after Coming to the Faith does this, they have in essence LEFT the Faith by their LIFESTLYE. NOBODY can EVER Take your Salvation, but One can CERTAINLY CHOOSE to leave the Faith… Apostasy. Do NOT be as Yeshua warned… Matt 15:8 “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” God Bless!!!

    • Dave Kachele

      Thank you. Of course. Forgive the delay. I’m still learning to do this. Christians do sin, but we are no longer slaves to sin. 1st John 1:5-2:2 teaches us a way of life, how to maintain a continuously clean heart.
      I hope you will get my book, “THE RELUCTANT EVANGELIST: Embrace Your Gifts and Fulfill God’s Purpose” and let me know how it helps you in your walk.
      Blessings, Dave

  2. meriam

    i really enjoyed reading / searching your page for enhancement tool on my preaching engagement in church pulpit. thank you very much.

    • Dave Kachele

      The honor is mine Meriam. I hope you can get my book, “THE RELUCTANT EVANGELIST: Embrace Your Gifts and Fulfill God’s Purpose” and use it with your community. If you can, do so, and let me know how it is helping to create a Culture of Outreach.
      Blessings, Dave