No Shame – Big Gain
Theology of Shame – Part 2
Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:1-10
Key Verse: 1 John 3:6
No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
In our study of shame, we have realized that God sees our intentions and knows the difference between intentional wrongful behavior and human failure due to our weaknesses.
1 John 3:6 is clear: “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known Him.” If you conclude that we as Christ followers have to sin every day, you must not believe the Bible is God’s Word and does not lie, or exaggerate! I believe 1 John 3:6 is as true as John 3:16, thus I need to understand what sin is and avoid it continually in my life!
In order to sin, I must be fully aware and conscious of the wrong I’m about to do! Mistakes, due to my humanness, do not fall into that category. We all fail to be like Jesus at times, out of insensitivity or unintentional offenses. God is the only one who would know that I “just wasn’t thinking,” when those failures occurred. Yes, they are regrettable and hurt people just the same as if I meant to do them. However, God does not charge us with a sin for those offenses. It’s only when God sees our heart and knows we were intentionally doing that which is wrong that we are charged with sin! Can Christians sin? Yes, but we don’t have to—we can have victory over all temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Father, I will walk in your power and strength over all temptation today. I praise you for a life without shame. In Jesus’ name, amen.