By Ryan Kelly –
One important and distinct characteristic of a genuine Christian is that we do not sin habitually.
Habitual sin is when someone continues to do something that they know goes against what God wants from you, but you do it voluntarily anyway.
1 John 3:9 says, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.”
It is essential that we evaluate ourselves, discern Scripture, and apply it to our lives. We must reject sin at every opportunity and follow close to God. And this is not because there is anything that we can do to save ourselves from sin, but rather we do it because we love Jesus and put our faith and trust in Him.
Evaluate if there is anything in your life that counts as habitual sin. Don’t listen to the world, listen to God. If you feel Him telling you to stop doing something…don’t wait.
There is nothing better than growing close to God, but sin will place a barrier between you and your Father that prevents this from occurring. Remove that barrier by rejecting sin. It’s very hard at first, but you’ll be so glad that you did!