If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just forgives us for our sins and cleanses us of all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. – 1 John 5:18

When we become Christians, we understand the importance of not committing sin as a concept.  However, avoiding sin during our daily life requires a true understanding of sins and discipline in our effort to achieve a better life without sin.

Avoiding sin requires an understanding of the benefits of living a life based on the concepts taught in the Bible.  Once one understands how much richer life becomes due to reducing sin, the required effort does not seem unreachable.

Joan with her professor

Joan grew up in a Christian family with a loving mother and father.  Joan had one brother who was two years younger than she was.  Joan attended Church and went to Church camp for two summers.  She believed she was a good Christian because she attended the church functions and prayed regularly. 

However, she had challenges with committing sins.  Frequently, while attending college, she took credit for ideas and some work that came from one of her friends.  She felt that if her friends did know she took credit for their ideas, it did not hurt anyone.  She believed that if sins did not hurt anyone, they were not real sins.

Joan faced a fallacy in her definition of sin when one of her professors acknowledged how Joan had met with the professor and clarified a mistake the professor made during a lecture in class.  Joan’s friend Beverly told Joan about the mistake during a lecture.  Beverly was in the class when the professor gave Joan credit for correcting his mistake.

Joan was worried that Joan would tell the professor about Joan’s deception.  Worse, Beverly will have a low opinion of Joan. 

Joan worried about the situation for several days.  Beverly avoided spending time with Joan.  Joan decided to talk with her mother about the entire situation.  It was difficult to admit her sin when talking to her mother.  Joan’s mother told her that it is not OK to commit sins if you think it will not hurt anyone.  The point is for you to be true to God.  You can never predict when committing a sin will cause you major challenges in the future.  It is much easier to have the discipline to be honest in the beginning, than to worry about the consequences of a sin throughout the future.

Joan thought about what her mother told her.  She realized that she did not apply the details of her Christian beliefs to her life.  She just applied what was convenient. 

Joan met Beverly and told her that she would do her best to not deceive her in the future.  Joan told Beverly that Joan had been lose with her Christian beliefs and that she is committed to avoiding sins regardless of whether anyone notices or not.  She told Beverly that she must be true to God.


It is important to understand the importance of not committing sin.  When we deceive someone without their knowledge, it is much more stressful to worry throughout the future about the consequences of a sin, than to avoid the sin from the beginning.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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