Becoming like Christ is a never ending process. A Christian will not come to a point when he can say there are no struggles with sin in his life. Only in heaven will we be without sin. I believe that ‘s why John warned us to look out for three lies about sin:

  1. Saying, “we have fellowship with Him” while we “walk in darkness” (1 Jno. 1:6).
  1. Saying, “we have no sin” (vs. 8).
  1. Saying, “we have not sinned” (vs. 10).

After each of these lies, John gives us the truth. First, if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another and Jesus’ blood cleanses us from all sin (vs. 7). Second, if we confess our sins, He forgives and cleanses us (vs. 9). Third, if we sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus speaks in our defense (2:1). He is the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins (2:2).

We all struggle with temptation. We make mistakes and sin. Denial doesn’t do us any good. We must see sin for what it really is.

                                                                —Shane Williams, The Lilbourn Light