Think on this for a while; when we live in Him totally surrendered to our own desires we will choose the Spirit and life. The more we grow in our knowledge of Jesus Christ and what right living looks like the less we will get caught up in sin. I like John’s warning in verse 7, “Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous.” We can be righteous and not stuck living for ourselves and this world. To me this is motivating and I want to continue to grow so I become less of me and more of Him.
Verse 8 says, “But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.” We can and should live our lives not saying: I’m just a sinner I know I’ll mess up. But we should say I am a child of God and righteous and the Spirit will lead and I will follow. We are strong because of Him and we can live right because of Him. When we die to self and live for Him we don’t excuse our sins because we are sinners we repent and say no I am a child of God.
Verse 9 says, “Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.” When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives we are different because our hearts have changed and God’s life is in us. We must stop and think (what would Jesus do) then do it knowing the Spirit will always give us the righteous way to live.
Verse 10 is clear and as I read it I think not of perfection but excited passion for Jesus and living as He did, focused on the Father. “So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.”
Be passionate and willing to grow everyday so our lives show that we are children of God and not helpless and stuck in this world. Amen