What Happens When a Christian Sins?

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A common question among Christians is what happens when a Christian sins? The Holy Bible and the teachings of Christianity have told Christians a lot about things that are forbidden for them and are considered sinful. The repercussions are also mentioned in the Bible. Even though it’s prohibited, almost everyone does eventually sin. According to the Bible, “If we claim that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. He is true and to forgive us our sins and purify us from all wrongdoing if we admit our sins.” [John 1:8–9]

As believers, people will inevitably make mistakes and commit sins. They now have a new nature that distinguishes them from before conversions. It hurts Christians when they sin. No believer would deliberately want to sin; Christians want to live a pleasing life to God. But what follows if they sin? Do they need to be re-saved? Isn’t that what the Bible says? Christians have no assurance in that situation, and they are, in some ways, far worse than the rest. As Christians, people are not to concentrate on sin. According to Hebrews 10:2, the Christian should no longer be conscious of sins because of Christ’s sacrifice.

But what happens when a person sins? Let’s find out.

A Sinner Loses Connection With God Almighty

One of the most common occurrences of sinning as a Christian is that you can lose your connection with God. People who sin indulge in wrongdoings and stray from the path of God. They lose their communication with Him. God will forget you just like you forgot Him while sinning.

According to the Bible, “If I hold evil in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” [Psalm 66:18]. When Christians sin, it can result in their prayers going unheard. Being rich cannot save you from God’s punishment. Faith in Him and avoiding a sinful life would help you in this life and the life hereafter.

Numerous Christians indulge in sin, attend church, and participate in religious rituals, yet they cannot communicate with God if sin has obstructed their connection.

A Sinner Loses Life’s Direction

Another common repercussion of sinning frequently is that the person will lose interest in life’s real aim. That is to spend the life according to God’s commands. When individuals sin, they lose direction and commit their life to the world’s pleasures. According to the Bible, “In all thy ways recognize him, and he will guide thy paths.” [Proverbs 3:6]. This verse tells you to recognize God and follow His teachings, and He will guide you to the right path. If a person distracts from the way of God, they will likely lose their life’s direction.

A Sinner Will Lose Interest In The Bible

Another consequence of committing sins is that a believer can lose interest in the Bible and its teachings. Bible states that “However, the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; nor can he know them since they are spiritually separated.” [Corinthians 2:14]. The Bible is a book of spirituality. If it is to be comprehended, it must be viewed through the lens of a desire to accept it. A sinner would not understand it and value its verses like a true believer.

Following are some words of encouragement in the Bible for the sinners, telling them that even if they have lived a life full of sins, they can still come to the path of righteousness.

Sinners Can Be Forgiven

Christianity is a religion of forgiveness. No matter how grave mistakes you have committed, you can still repent and ask for forgiveness. Bible has several verses where it states that sinners can be forgiven. According to Bible, “Forgiveness isn’t just an option; it’s a reality.” [John 2:12] One should not lose hope after spending a life of sins. God is merciful and can forgive every mistake and sin you have committed. You need to be faithful towards Him and His teachings.

God tells you that your freedom is in your own hands. You need to repent and ask for forgiveness of your sins. When remorseful and penitent Christians fall into sin, they have a lot to remember. They need the Bible’s reassurance and its powerful words of encouragement. They need lessons to provide peace to their souls about the past and energize them for future events. They serve a magnificent God, which is something they must never overlook. A God whose mercy suffices in the past and whose might suffice in the future.

Our Final Thoughts

Becoming a Christian is more than just going to church on Sundays or following God and His teachings. Being a Christian means devoting your life to God and Christ. A true Christian believes in Jesus Christ, His teachings, repents to God and avoids sinful acts. They do not have to care about what happens when a Christian sins? Because they know that their God is merciful and will forgive them if they repent sincerely.

Individuals become true Christians when they have their sins forgiven,  repent to God, and are delivered from sinful acts and wrongdoings. Many people still think that some sins are unforgivable and a true Christian can never commit such sins, but we are all humans who can make mistakes. As humans, we’re fallible beings prone to weakness and wrongdoing. However, what matters is that we don’t let our sins turn us away from God’s righteous path. We all can sin, but the important thing is that we counter our sinful acts by constantly seeking forgiveness from God.