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Dealing with Sin

Dealing with Sin

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The issue of sin is not one we readily dive into; yet we know the reality of its influence in our lives. John reminds us that genuine community is birthed through honest recognition of our sin and confident reliance on the One who ultimately destroys its power over us.

1 John 3:4-10

1 John 3:4-10 / New International Version (NIV)

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

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