As humans, we often find ourselves caught in a cycle of repeating the same sins over and over again. We ask for forgiveness and swear we’ll change, yet somehow, we always end up back where we started. Maybe we’re not taking our repentance seriously enough or maybe we’re trying to go it alone without God’s help. Whatever the reason, committing the same wrongs and making it a habit can be frustrating and discouraging for others, especially for our loved ones.
Some people think that God is forgiving and will overlook our repetitive lapses, while others believe that He takes them more seriously than we think. The Lord may be forgiving, but he also sees every sin no matter how big or small and knows the heart behind it.
If you find yourself struggling with the never-ending repetition of your old errors, know that God is there with you in the midst of them. He loves us unconditionally and wants us to turn to Him for help in breaking the cycle of sin. Even when you’re stuck in a rut of repeating the same wrongdoings, don’t give up hope. Ask for God’s strength and guidance by living according to His scripture.
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
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.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,
no one who does what is right and never sins.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.