We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. 1 John 5:18
There are several classifications of sinners.
There are sinners that do not care about their sin.
They kill, steal, lie, commit heinous acts and could care less. It does not bother them as they continue in these things. This person lives for themselves and the moment regardless of the price it costs others.
Another type of sinner is that person that sins and it bothers them.
Their wrongs convict them on a limited basis because they create their own definition of sin based loosely but not entirely on God’s standard. They do not believe some of their sinful behavior is actually sinful so that behavioral sin does not convict or bother them.
Sin convicts another type but they do not know what to do about it.
They feel trapped and in bondage to their sin. The stronghold of addictions keeps them captive, which they desire a release from. The only short-term relief they get is to delve deeper into their addictions, which causes them more conviction and grief. They feel stuck in an endless cycle.
Finally there are those convicted by sin and realize the only way to escape sins clutch is through Jesus.
Sin still tempts that person and they often give into it but realize the mistake and repent in genuine sorrow over it.
They strive to not give in to sin. They pray. They meditate on God’s word. Sin is repulsive to them as they realize the effect it takes on their relationship with God.
The true Christian is this last person and I believe it is this last person that John refers to.
This person is born again – born of God. It’s not that they never ever sin again; but they do not sin as a matter of habit.
They do not rejoice in sin.
They care about their actions.
They read the word of God to discover how to live more completely in Christ.
This person “keeps himself”, that is, polices himself according to the word of God.
They associate with friends for Godly accountability.
Does this describe you?
If not, perhaps one of the other descriptions does! If so, you need Jesus as your Savior. Repent (turn your back on your sin) and ask Jesus to come into your heart and save you!
Make your decision known in a local, Bible believing church. Talk to the pastor on what to do next!