Prayer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:9-13). Amen.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin (1 John 2:1a).
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer (Romans 6:1-3)?
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace (Romans 6:11-14).
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2)
Holiness of life is the best proof that we know God. It matters not how readily we can speak about God, nor how much we suppose that we love him, the great test is, do we keep his commandments? What a heart-searching test this is! How it should humble us before the mercy-seat! – Charles Spurgeon
If his word dwell richly in us, it will teach us to deny ungodliness, &c.; to forsake as well as confess sin, and not after confession, to turn again to folly, or (as those that are dog sick) to their former vomit. – John Trapp
John wrote these things that we might not sin. Other scriptures speak of special provision made to keep us from falling: the point here is that, if we enter into the holy fellowship of which 1 John 1:3 speaks, we shall be preserved. The enjoyment of that fellowship excludes sin; just as sin excludes from the enjoyment of that fellowship, until it is confessed. – F. B. Hole
The ultimate expression of the Christian life is walking in the light. Here in the first few words of 1John 2:1, we feel his deep desire that as the children of God we will not sin; it is the whole purpose for him writing this letter. When we walk in God’s light or truth, being directed by His Spirit, we resist temptation and live in fellowship with God. John’s absolute hope is that that we would live a blameless life continually honoring and glorifying God. Sin is what separates us from that hope.
There are several reasons why sin separates us from God, here are just a few.
Dishonoring God by our transgressions does not cut off our access to God nor does it cost us our salvation. However, we do need to take positive action. We can rectify this situation by reintroducing intentional interaction.
First, you can avoid temptation. We can’t always resist temptation, but we can avoid putting ourselves in positions where we know that we will be tempted. If we have an issue with gambling, for instance, we can avoid casinos. Avoidance is a proven way to escape temptation.
Second, we can pray that the Holy Spirit will take away the desire for sins to which we easily fall prey. As we pray for strength the Spirit gives us of His power to overcome or avoid temptation. Finally, we can use scripture to thwart temptation. When Jesus was tempted, challenged by Satan in the wilderness, in order to block the wiles of the devil, He used scripture to resist (Matthew 4:1-11).
I once heard a radio pastor say, “Do all in your power to resist sin when you are tempted.” I thought, “Good luck with that one!” In verse 2:1a John tells us that he is writing this letter to his spiritual offspring with the purpose of keeping them from sin. His hope for our success is not based on our own ability to resist sin, but on our recognition of temptation and then our leaning on the power of the Spirit of God to overcome temptation.
It is only through His power that we can adequately resist and ultimately escape temptation (Romans 5:16, 2Thessalonians 3:2-5). We are the children of God, born of the Spirit of God. God does not want us to sin so He has given us His Spirit, living in us, to protect us from sin. We are protected from sin by avoidance of temptation, prayer, and quoting or reading scripture. These three actions will not only be honored by God but will be powered by His Spirit.
Lesson within the Lesson:
In what ways is our sin an affront to God?
Can you think of a time that you deliberately disobeyed God?
What were the results of your disobedience?
What actions can we take to reestablish our fellowship with God?
 Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Verse Expositions of the Bible, Studylite.org.
 John Trapp, John Trapp Complete Commentary, Public Domain, © 1647, Printed by A. M. for John Bellamy at the sign of the Three Golden Lions, Cornbill. P. 946.
 Frank Binford Hole, Hole's Old and New Testament Commentary, Public Domain, stempublishing.com/authors/hole/.