Are we perfect? No.
1 John 1:8 says “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
And, verse 10 says “If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and His word is not in us.”
But, look at verse 9… “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Let’s also take a look at 2 Corinthians 5:17… “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
You are either a child of God or a sinner. You can’t be both.
Let’s say you play professional sports. If you were playing for one team and then get traded to another team, you will change uniforms. Since you play for a new team, you will not wear the old uniform anymore. You are on a new team, with a new coach, playing by different standards and practices. The old team with their practices and mind set is gone. Sure, you may make mistakes on the new team, but you don’t dwell on them. You learn and move on. You continue to work with the new coach and new team.
It is the same way when you get saved and become a follower and disciple of Christ. You are “on a new team.” You don’t “play on the devil’s team” anymore. So, DON’T PUT ON YOUR OLD UNIFORM OF SIN! You may slip into sin, but don’t dwell on it and live in it. You are not a sinner. You just happened to sin. You have put that old uniform and your old ways away. You don’t do that anymore.
If you say “I am a sinner saved by grace,” you are calling yourself a sinner and calling forth sin, speaking that into your life, therefore you will sin. Calling yourself a sinner is saying that you sin all the time.
It is the wrong mindset.
2 Cor. 5:19-21 (bold text added for emphasis) “That God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
When you accept Christ into your life and ask Him for forgiveness, you become the righteousness of God through Christ. You have been changed and transformed. Righteousness means “right standing with God.” A sinner is not in right standing with God.
God says in Leviticus 11:44 and 1 Peter 1:16 “Be holy for I am holy.”
Habitually sinning is not being holy. Yes, we do mess up. But we are not supposed to habitually mess up all the time.
You must think of Christ and living in His grace and mercy, by the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Romans 12:1-2 (bold text added for emphasis) “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.”
Galatians 5:16-25 (bold text added for emphasis) “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whateveryou want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 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. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Colossians 3:1-10 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”