Followers of Jesus do not have to live the same way they used to live. How someone lives his or her life demonstrates to the world whether they have a relationship with Jesus or not.
Are you trying to overcome sin or are you choosing to continue to live the same way you did before your relationship with Jesus began? Are you loving your brother or are you holding a grudge or giving into bitterness?
We will not be perfect on this side of eternity. That is not what John is writing about. He is writing about the trajectory of one’s heart.
Are you walking towards the light? Are you making progress? Are you asking God for help? Are you involving community to help you grow?
We are children of God through Jesus fully capable of transformation!
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