The new convert to Christ will find many obstacles and influences in their life that they must overcome. Paul says that those who are in Christ are a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and so must not walk as the “old man of sin” (Romans 6:6) walked.
We must be ever on guard that we do not fall into the old way of life that allowed sin, but instead must eliminate all sin from our lives so that we can walk in righteousness.Paul talks a lot about this in Romans 6 and I would recommend that everyone read and study what he has to say there to better understand what I am saying here.
As Christians, we are bombarded everyday with influences that would seek to draw us back into sin as a way of life and away from God. Especially when we are young, popular culture in the way of movies, music and television are full of examples of people living in sin and even loudly proclaiming that sin is the way everyone should live their lives.
If we learn to view these things as instruments of the devil designed to turn us away from God, which is what they are, we will learn to turn away from such influences and spend more time in bible study. We should be very selective in what we allow to go on in our homes in the form of what movies, television shows and music we allow or even fill our minds with on a daily basis.
It is popular among young Christians to overlook sin in the media and rate the media despite the sin it portrays or promulgates as if one can fully ignore it, but consider a movie, for example, “awesome” anyway. Instead we should choose more wholesome ways to entertain ourselves and not expose ourselves to such things.
God hates sin (Proverbs 6:16-19) and we should develop this attitude in ourselves if we are to be Christ like, as we are told to be (Philippians 2:5). We are to love the sinner and pray for his salvation, as God loves Him (John 3:16), but hate the sin that is in his life and that the sinner represents in contrast to the saint (which all Christians are called in scripture–see Ephesians 1:1 and other epistle salutations) who is seeking to live their life for God.
Suffice it to say if we repent and turn away from sin we should not continue to wink at it as if it didn’t matter, but fully turn away from its influence in our lives. We must learn to spend more time in bible study and less in the pursuit of this world as often epitomized by those influences in life that would temp us to sin.
If we are to walk as God would have us we must fill our hearts and minds with the word of God and not the influences of this life that cater to our fleshly existence in the world. To fully learn to do this takes time and that is why all Christians are expected to grow in the faith until they can be all for God and none for this world.
We must learn to grow ever stronger as our sojourn in this life continues to the end. No one should expect the new Christian to be perfect in every way, but should see that they are making every effort to be perfect and are growing in their faith and desire to be as God would have them be.
Once our sins are forgiven through baptism we will continue to sin from time to time but must repent again of this sin and pray that our Father in heaven will forgive us so that we may remain in a saved condition untill the end of life so that we may be found as one of His come the judgment day.
Until next time may God bless and keep you.