God's Words of Comfort

 

A Portion of God's Holy Word Regarding:


Sin – Iniquity – Backsliding – Disobedience – Error – Mistake – Evil – Rebellion – Wrongdoing


"How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My Laws?" Exodus 16:28 (WEB)
 
So you shall put away the evil from your midst. Deuteronomy 13:5 (NKJV)
 
Samuel said to the people, "Fear not; you have done all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; and do not turn aside after vain things which cannot profit or save, for they are vain. For the LORD will not cast away His people, for His great name's sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for Himself." 1 Samuel 12:20-22 (RSV)
 
Disobedience is as bad as the sin of sorcery. Pride is as bad as the sin of worshiping idols. 1 Samuel 15:23 (NCV™)
 
Why have you despised the Word of the Lord, to do what is evil in His sight? 2 Samuel 12:9 (ESV)
 
No man is without sin. 2 Chronicles 6:36 (BBE)
 
The Lord is with you while you are with Him; if your heart's desire is for Him, He will be near you, but if you give Him up, He will give you up. 2 Chronicles 15:2 (BBE)
 
If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. Job 11:14 (KJV)
 
Monument Valley in Shadow Four CornersHis eyes are on the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps. There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves. Job 34:21-22 (ESV)
 
Happy is the man who does not go in the company of sinners, or take his place in the way of evil-doers, or in the seat of those who do not give honor to the Lord. But whose delight is in the Law of the Lord, and whose mind is on His Law day and night. He will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, which gives its fruit at the right time, whose leaves will ever be green; and he will do well in all his undertakings. Psalms 1:1-3 (BBE)
 
Do not keep in mind my sins when I was young, or my wrongdoing: let Your memory of me be full of mercy, O Lord, because of Your righteousness. Good and upright is the Lord: so He will be the teacher of sinners in the way. Psalms 25:7-8 (BBE)
 
 Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking lies. Depart from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it. Psalms 34:13-14 (WEB)
 
[The following verses are from David’s prayer of Pardon and Cleansing (Psalms 51:1-17), written after Nathan the prophet had informed him of God’s judgment against him for his adultery with Bathsheba, and his subsequent murder of Uriah, her husband. See 2 Samuel 11 – 12:23:]
Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your loving kindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin… Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow… Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit… For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart--These, O God, You will not despise. Psalms 51:1-2, 7, 12, 16-17 (NKJV)
 
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened. Psalms 66:18 (NLT)
 
O God, Thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from Thee. Psalms 69:5 (KJV)
 
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. Psalms 103:8-14 (NKJV)
 
Let my steps be guided by Your Word; and let not sin have control over me. Psalms 119:133 (BBE)
 
O LORD, who would be able to stand if You kept a record of sins? Psalms 130:3 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
Do not go in the road of sinners, or be walking in the way of evil men. Keep far from it, do not go near; be turned from it, and go on your way… But the way of the upright is like the light of early morning, getting brighter and brighter till the full day. The way of sinners is dark; they see not the cause of their fall. Proverbs 4:14-15, 18-19 (BBE)
 
If anyone respects and fears God, he will hate evil. For wisdom hates pride, arrogance, corruption and deceit of every kind. Proverbs 8:13 (TLB)
 
The reward for doing good is life, but sin leads only to more sin. Proverbs 10:16 (GNT)
 
The more you talk, the more likely you are to sin. If you are wise, you will keep quiet. Proverbs 10:19 (GNT)
 
So righteousness gives life; but he who goes after evil gets death for himself. Proverbs 11:19 (BBE)
 
Evil will overtake sinners, but the upright will be rewarded with good. Proverbs 13:21 (BBE)
 
The wise man, fearing, keeps himself from evil; but the foolish man goes on in his pride, with no thought of danger. Proverbs 14:16 (BBE)
 
The wicked are ruined by their own evil, but those who do right are protected even in death… Doing what is right makes a nation great, but sin will bring disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:32, 34 (NCV™)
 
B and W Yellowstone Mud PotsThe sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is His delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but He loveth him that followeth after righteousness. Proverbs 15:8-9 (KJV)
 
The LORD is far from the wicked: but He heareth the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29 (KJV)
 
Be loyal and faithful, and God will forgive your sin. Obey the Lord and nothing evil will happen to you. Proverbs 16:6 (GNT)
 
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. Proverbs 16:17 (KJV)
 
Some people ruin themselves by their own stupid actions and then blame the Lord. Proverbs 19:3 (GNT)
 
The Lord hates people who use dishonest weights and measures. Proverbs 20:10 (GNT)
 
As a dog that returns to his vomit, So is a fool who repeats his folly. Proverbs 26:11 (HNV)
 
He who conceals his sins doesn't prosper, But whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13 (WEB)
 
Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin. Ecclesiastes 5:6 (NKJV)
 
There is no man on earth of such righteousness that he does good and is free from sin all his days. Ecclesiastes 7:20 (BBE)
 
One thing I have learned: God made people good, but they have found all kinds of ways to be bad. Ecclesiastes 7:29 (NCV™)
 
"Come now, and let us reason together," saith the LORD: "though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword:" for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. Isaiah 1:18-20 (KJV)
 
Rocky Sierra Stream"I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins." Isaiah 43:25 (RSV)
 
"I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee." Isaiah 44:22 (KJV)
 
Because of our sins He was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment He suffered, made whole by the blows He received. All of us were like sheep that were lost, each of us going his own way. But the Lord made the punishment fall on Him, the punishment all of us deserved. Isaiah 53:5-6 (GNT)
 
Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them come back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness. Isaiah 55:7 (The Message)
 
Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2 (KJV)
 
"Your own evil will punish you, and your turning from Me will condemn you. You will learn how bitter and wrong it is to abandon Me, the Lord your God, and no longer to remain faithful to Me. I, the Sovereign Lord Almighty, have spoken… Does a young woman forget her jewelry, or a bride her wedding dress? But My people have forgotten Me for more days than can be counted." Jeremiah 2:19, 32 (GNT)
 
"Tell them, 'As sure as I am the living God, I take no pleasure from the death of the wicked. I want the wicked to change their ways and live. Turn your life around! Reverse your evil ways!'" Ezekiel 33:11 (The Message)
 
Woe to those who devise iniquity, And work out evil on their beds! Micah 2:1 (NKJV)
 
"Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Matthew 6:13 (KJV)
 
"The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!" Matthew 6:22-23 (HNV)
 
"Not every one who says to Me, 'Master, Master,' will enter the Kingdom of the Heavens, but only those who are obedient to My Father who is in Heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name expelled demons, and in Thy name performed many mighty works?' And then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you: begone from Me, you doers of wickedness.'
  Yosemite Yalley Mirror Lake   "Every one who hears these My teachings and acts upon them will be found to resemble a wise man who builds his house upon rock; and the heavy rain falls, the swollen torrents come, and the winds blow and beat against the house; yet it does not fall, for its foundation is on rock. And every one who hears these My teachings and does not act upon them will be found to resemble a fool who builds his house upon sand. The heavy rain descends, the swollen torrents come, and the winds blow and burst upon the house, and it falls; and disastrous is the fall."
Matthew 7:21-27 (WNT)
 
[Jesus denounces the Jewish scribes and Pharisees throughout Matthew 23 (to see all seven “woes”) because of their hypocrisy and pretentiousness. His argument wasn’t so much with what the Pharisees taught, but that their lives did not reflect their teachings, they weren’t practicing what they preached. The Pharisees made all outward appearance of being pious and pretending sincere religious interest, but inwardly they were corrupt, proud, and wicked, even to the point of murdering prophets and eventually Jesus Himself.]
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the Law - justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel!
     "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and unrighteousness. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the platter, that the outside of it may become clean also.
     "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitened tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity."
Matthew 23:23-28 (WEB)
 
"The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah's. Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark. They knew nothing - until the flood hit and swept everything away." Matthew 24:37-39 (The Message)
 
[In Jesus’ Judgment of the Nations sermon (sometimes referred to as the Sheep and Goat Judgment), He tells us that judgment for sin is inevitable and that this will occur at His Second Coming. There is no way we can escape sin, and that it must be punished. Here the Great Tribulation survivors from the nations are being judged based on whether they cast their sins at the foot of the cross during the Tribulation by accepting Jesus as their Savior, or not. Christ’s brethren will not face this judgment because their substitute, Jesus, has already taken their punishment for them – which is why He died on the cross, to pay the penalty of all the sin in the world – and they won’t face condemnation (see Romans 8:1-2 below). Those that have already acknowledged their guilt and have asked for mercy by believing in Christ are the ”sheep” in the following passage, and will be rewarded with eternal life in the Kingdom. Those that haven’t, or won’t, accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior are the ”goats,” and will receive eternal condemnation.]
"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then will He sit upon His glorious throne, and all the nations will be gathered into His presence. And He will separate them from one another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and will make the sheep stand at His right hand, and the goats at His left.
     "Then the King will say to those at His right, 'Come, My Father's blessed ones, receive your inheritance of the Kingdom which has been divinely intended for you ever since the creation of the world. For when I was hungry, you gave Me food; when I was thirsty, you gave Me drink; when I was homeless, you gave Me a welcome; when I was ill-clad, you clothed Me; when I was sick, you visited Me; when I was in prison, you came to see Me.'
     "'When, Lord,' the righteous will reply, 'did we see Thee hungry, and feed Thee; or thirsty, and give Thee drink? When did we see Thee homeless, and give Thee a welcome? or ill-clad, and clothe Thee? When did we see Thee sick or in prison, and come to see Thee?'
     "But the King will answer them, 'In solemn truth I tell you that in so far as you rendered such services to one of the humblest of these My brethren, you rendered them to Myself.'
     "Then will He say to those at His left, 'Begone from Me, with the curse resting upon you, into the Fire of the Ages, which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels. For when I was hungry, you gave Me nothing to eat; when thirsty, you gave Me nothing to drink; when homeless, you gave Me no welcome; ill-clad, you clothed Me not; sick or in prison, you visited Me not.'
     "Then will they also answer, 'Lord, when did we see Thee hungry or thirsty or homeless or ill-clad or sick or in prison, and not come to serve Thee?'
     "But He will reply, 'In solemn truth I tell you that in so far as you withheld such services from one of the humblest of these, you withheld them from Me.' And these shall go away into the Punishment of the Ages, but the righteous into the Life of the Ages."
Matthew 25:31-46 (WNT)
 
It happened, that He was reclining at the table in [Levi, the tax collector's] house, and many tax collectors and sinners sat down with Jesus and His disciples, for there were many, and they followed Him. The scribes and the Pharisees, when they saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, said to His disciples, "Why is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?"
     When Jesus heard it, He said to them,
"Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Mark 2:15-17 (WEB)
 
"If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the Kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell." Mark 9:47 (ESV)


Kyaks on Mountain Lake"Forgive us our sins." Luke 11:4 (KJV)
 
"No man, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a cellar, nor under a basket, but on the stand, that they which enter in may see the light. The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore see whether the light that is in you isn't darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light." Luke 11:33-36 (WEB)
 
"For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops." Luke 12:2-3 (KJV)
 
[Jesus was widely criticized by the Pharisees for spending so much time with the “sinners” of the day. The sinners and the outcasts were lost, according to Jesus, and it was important to go to greater lengths to reach out to them and “find” them, to bring them into the Kingdom of God. Thus, finding that one lost sheep (in the Parable of the Lost Sheep) becomes more important than the others who don’t need “finding.” The same theme holds true in Jesus’ subsequent Parable of the Lost Coin. God places an infinite, irreplaceable value on each of our lives, wanting all of us to come to repentance. The Bible states there are five occasions which cause the angels in Heaven to sing. The first was when God said, ‘Let there be light,’ causing the earth to come alive. Another came with the birth of Jesus. The angels will also sing with the arrival of the Church in Heaven, and then again at the end of the Age when the Lord defeats His enemies. And the fifth occasion for singing, which occurs often, is every time someone repents and comes to the Lord. So you can see how important each and every one of us is, we’re so dear and precious to Him.]
"Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.'
      "Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
      "Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Luke 15:4-10 (NRSV)
 
"Be careful. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times turns again, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him." Luke 17:3-4 (WEB)
 
Red Dome Peephole Monument Valley"He who believes in Him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God." John 3:18-21 (RSV)
 
Afterwards Jesus found him in the Temple and said to him, "You are now restored to health. Do not sin any more, or a worse thing may befall you." John 5:14 (WNT)
 
Everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name. Acts 10:43 (ESV)
 
Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16 (KJV)
 
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. Romans 3:23-24 (KJV)
 
Happy are those whose wrongs are forgiven, whose sins are pardoned! Happy is the person whose sins the Lord will not keep account of! Romans 4:7-8 (GNT)
 
Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God's love for us. Since Christ's blood has now given us God's approval, we are even more certain that Christ will save us from God's anger. If the death of His Son restored our relationship with God while we were still His enemies, we are even more certain that, because of this restored relationship, the life of His Son will save us. Romans 5:8-10 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
Yes, Adam's one sin brought condemnation upon everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness makes all people right in God's sight and gives them life. Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because One other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God's sight. God's Law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful kindness became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God's wonderful kindness rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:18-21 (NLT)
 
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Romans 6:12-13 (NKJV)
 
Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God's grace. Romans 6:14 (NLT)
 
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:22-23 (KJV)
 
I do not understand the things I do. I do not do what I want to do, and I do the things I hate… But I am not really the one who is doing these hated things; it is sin living in me that does them. Yes, I know that nothing good lives in me -- I mean nothing good lives in the part of me that is earthly and sinful. I want to do the things that are good, but I do not do them… So if I do things I do not want to do, then I am not the one doing them. It is sin living in me that does those things… What a miserable man I am! Who will save me from this body that brings me death? I thank God for saving me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So in my mind I am a slave to God's Law, but in my sinful self I am a slave to the Law of sin. Romans 7:15, 17-18, 20, 24-25 (NCV™)
 
For if men are controlled by their earthly natures, they give their minds to earthly things. If they are controlled by their spiritual natures, they give their minds to spiritual things. Because for the mind to be given up to earthly things means death; but for it to be given up to spiritual things means Life and peace. Romans 8:5-6 (WNT)
 
Repay no one evil for evil… Don't be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17, 21 (WEB)
 
Do not be fooled. "Bad companions ruin good character." Come back to your right senses and stop your sinful ways. I declare to your shame that some of you do not know God. 1 Corinthians 15:33-34 (GNT)
 
Teton Cross in WindowO death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:55-58 (KJV)
 
Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and Him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with Himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what He is doing. We're Christ's representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God's work of making things right between them. We're speaking for Christ Himself now: Become friends with God; He's already a friend with you. How? you say. In Christ. God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (The Message)
 
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. Galatians 5:13 (NRSV)
 
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 (KJV)
 
The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, worshiping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God's Kingdom. Galatians 5:19-21 (NCV™)
 
Through the blood of His Son, we are set free from our sins. God forgives our failures because of His overflowing kindness. Ephesians 1:7 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
Abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (WEB)
 
The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15 (RSV)
 
Nothing in all the world can be hidden from God. Everything is clear and lies open before Him, and to Him we must explain the way we have lived. Since we have a great High Priest, Jesus the Son of God, who has gone into Heaven, let us hold on to the faith we have. For our High Priest is able to understand our weaknesses. When He lived on earth, He was tempted in every way that we are, but He did not sin. Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God's throne where there is grace. There we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it. Hebrews 4:13-16 (NCV™)
 
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 8:12 (KJV)
 
Choppy Teton LakeThe Holy Spirit also gives us His testimony; for when He had said, "This is the Covenant that I will make with them after those days," says the Lord: "I will put My Laws upon their hearts and will write them on their minds." He adds, "And their sins and offenses I will remember no longer." Hebrews 10:15-17 (WNT)
 
My friends, if any of you wander away from the truth and another one brings you back again, remember this: whoever turns a sinner back from the wrong way will save that sinner's soul from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins. James 5:19-20 (GNT)
 
Most importantly, love each other deeply, because love will cause many sins to be forgiven. 1 Peter 4:8 (NCV™)
 
If we confess our sins, He who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NRSV)
 
I am writing this to you, my children, so that you will not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have someone who pleads with the Father on our behalf--Jesus Christ, the righteous One. And Christ Himself is the means by which our sins are forgiven, and not our sins only, but also the sins of everyone. 1 John 2:1-2 (GNT)
 
And you know that He became a man so that He could take away our sins, and that there is no sin in Him, no missing of God's will at any time in any way. So if we stay close to Him, obedient to Him, we won't be sinning either; but as for those who keep on sinning, they should realize this: They sin because they have never really known Him or become His. O dear children, don't let anyone deceive you about this: if you are constantly doing what is good, it is because you are good, even as He is. 1 John 3:5-7 (TLB) [Italics theirs]
 
All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death. 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. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 1 John 5:17-19 (ESV)
 
 
 
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Weymouth New Testament of Modern Speech (WNT), Third Edition 1913, is in the Public Domain.