Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

1 John 3:4

What is law to a lawbreaker?

If someone has no respect for other people, themselves or the community that exists between people, they will not have respect for the rules that help those people coexist.

That sort of person has no incentive to practice the things that are right. Self-satisfaction leads to more self-satisfaction. But the one who seeks harmony with others will sometimes defer self-satisfaction. We can even find that by doing so, our own needs are fulfilled, there is a kind of gratification that can be gained by doing good for others.

But here is the distinction for us as Christians, that we do not practice sin. It is not that Christians are perfect and sinless, but that we do not practice sin. We value the rules that have been set up to keep our communities whole, especially those of God that pertain to his community, the Church.

So, grace covers us but to those who continue to practice sin, their lawlessness will not be forgotten.

Ethan Kirl

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  1. This is a great reminder and I like the point about respect. Respect for the individual, for the community and respect for the rules leads us to a closer understanding of God’s grace. Thank you for these thoughtful lessons.

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