Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

Those Other Sins 

Therefore put to death … fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. … put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another …     Colossians 3:5-9a


Some believers give a ringing testimony of a permanent victory over certain sins at the moment they received Jesus as Lord and Savior. Their testimony is that they are never tempted again with the sins that had disturbed them for years.


However, the testimony of the great majority of believers is that temptations return again and again. Fortunately, some believers who continue to be tempted with disturbing sins that were committed before their conversion come to an understanding and experience of their union with Christ. Then they begin to have a progressive victory over those disturbing sins.


Then God does the unexpected. He reveals sins that the believer has not been aware of before.


Consider the list of sins found in Colossians 3:5-9a. Believers need to have victory over these sins. A believer may have a growing victory over covetousness when God reveals that he has malice in his heart. Because he is having victory over covetousness, he knows that victory over the sin of malice will come in the same manner—by living out his union with Christ.


This process goes on and on throughout the lives of believers who are living out their oneness with Christ. Some sins are more stubborn than others, but, in time, even the stubborn sins begin to yield to the experience of crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.


Believers who continue to live out their union with Christ come to a deep awareness of two facts. They know the way to victory over any sin. They also know that there is no such thing as sinless perfection in this life.


One can rejoice when God reveals another previously undiscovered sin—not because of the revelation of a new found sin in his life but he will rejoice because he knows the way to victory and he knows God is progressively cleansing him from sin.