Go And Sin No More
Jesus exhorted sinners that He had forgiven to go and sin no more. In just a few minutes of searching the Power Bible CD on my computer, I found a dozen passages in which we are exhorted to turn from sin, from wickedness, from evil, from iniquity and from idols.
John 5:14: Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
John 8:11: She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Daniel 9:13: As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
1 Thessalonians 1:6: And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
God wants to fill us with the Spirit and our lives with His fruit instead of sin. He has promised to always make a way of escape from temptation. He has given us His Word that we might not sin against Him. When we sin and confess and forsake it He promises to forgive it. We believers, me included, do not take seriously enough God*s desire that we should cease from sin. We do not want to know and remember that sin damages our relationship with Him, displeases Him, makes us useless to Him, ruins our lives and the lives of others, takes away our joy and peace, prevents rewards in Heaven, causes chastening and multitudes of miseries and problems. There are also many passages in the Bible in which we are exhorted to turn to God. Turning to God is turning to righteousness AND turning from sin.
Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
If we have not turned from sin we have not turned to God.
Acts 20:21: Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Before we turn to God we are often repulsed by the sin of others. After we turn to Him we should be repulsed by our own sin. If nothing has ever caused you to commit less sin, and if you have not been horrified by your own sin, I fear for the eternal destiny of your soul.