For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace – Romans 6:14
As a Christian, is it possible to live righteously, above sin? Emphatically yes! That’s what Jesus accomplished for us. There’re two reasons people sin: “fear” and “selfishness.” But God has brought us faith and love to replace fear and selfishness. If you walk by faith, you can’t live in fear. If you walk in love, you can’t be selfish. Therefore, if you function in faith and love, you can’t sin; nothing done by faith and love could ever be sin.
Love is self-giving. When you love, you give. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16). Selfishness holds back; love, unlike selfishness, is considerate and puts others first. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” If you’re born again, you’re born of love; you have the nature of love and righteousness, and can live above sin.
However, if you do something wrong, the Bible says, “…we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins…” (1John 2:1-2). Then 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The word, “confess” is the Greek word, “homologia” and it means, “To make a declaration.” However, in this context, the right synonym is “to acknowledge.”
If we acknowledge our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Therefore, all you need to do is to say, “Father, I acknowledge that these things that I’ve done are wrong and I receive forgiveness, in the Name of Jesus.” That’s how you live free from sin and sin-consciousness.
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Dear Father, I thank you for your grace, and the power of your righteousness at work in me! I live free from sin and sin consciousness because I walk by faith, and manifest the love of Christ! I walk in the liberty of the Spirit today, and always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: John 8:36; Galatians 5:1