What Happens When A Christian Sins?

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23-24

The simple truth is even as Christians we are still sinners.

Our salvation does not make us immune to the sinful schemes of Satan and the sinful temptations that are embedded in our hearts.

Therefore what happens when a Christian sins?

First when a Christian sins:

We Are Separated From God

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”  Isaiah 59:2

When we sin we are separated from God.

While God has not gone anywhere we because of our sins have moved away from Him.

Therefore, as a Christian:

We Must Ask Forgiveness

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”   1 John 1:9

When we sin God desperately wants us back in his good graces.

God sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins giving us the opportunity to ask forgiveness.

So as a Christian we are forgiven:

We Are Restored

When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” “I’ll turn things around for you.   Jeremiah 29:11-19 The Message

The sins we commit have lasting effects.

The people we hurt, the reputation we have lost, the resources we have squandered.

God wants us back on track:

  • He wants us back using our talents for good
  • He wants us back doing His will
  • He wants us back to receive the full force of His love

Therefore when we sin God will not only forgive us but He will restore us giving us a hope and power for our future.

A future where sin can be avoided if:

 We Follow The Light

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”   John 8:12

God’s expectation for Christians after we sin is to “sin no more”.

While avoidance of sin is impossible for the weak creatures that we are.

We have no opportunity to overcome sin without walking in the light of Christ.

“For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.”  Philippians 4:13

What Happens When A Christian Sins?

“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.” John 2:1

With Jesus Christ as our advocate when we sin:

  • We have hope for a reunion
  • We have hope for forgiveness
  • We have hope for restoration
  • We have hope for God’s guiding light

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23-24


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