When we surrender to Christ we turn away from our sins. This doesn’t mean a Christian will never sin, it means he will grow to hate his sin. The sin nature we inherited from our first father Adam says that we will all sin. Not only will we sin but we have an inclination to sin.
Genesis 6:5: And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
This is a hard truth to grasp for some. Many think people are generally good. But that’s not what the Bible says. Close to the beginning of the Bible we find the verse above. We see Mark reiterate the point of the sinfulness of man and only goodness comes from God .
Mark 10:18: And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Our hardened hearts can only be softened by Jesus Christ. With an inclination towards sin Jesus is the only way we are able to grow as Christians and gradually hate our sins.
If we don’t hate our sin there’s no reason to change anything.
The process of sanctification is what is happening when we grow to hate our sin.
It is only by God’s grace we are saved and sanctified. The sanctification process is complete when we are glorified in heaven.
Acts 26:18 : To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
When I quit drinking it was miraculous. I’m not saying that lightly and I’m not saying that there’s anything miraculous to do with me. It took a while but I prayed and prayed and prayed for God to deliver me from that sin and he did. I went from drinking most everyday after work to now not wanting any alcohol at all.
I saw families destroyed and lives lost because of excessive drinking and I grew to hate it. It’s a sin that the devil uses to kill and destroy and sadly it is one that is promoted all over the media and glorified in the movies. I’m eternally grateful God delivered me from that sin and changed my life forever.
Every sin is a crime against a thrice Holy God and death is the sentence. But our Savior Jesus Christ took the penalty for our sins on that tree. He paid the price that no other man could. Fulfilling hundreds of prophecies and redeeming the repentant sinner. A glorious stay in eternity with Christ is our future.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.