My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
The desire of God for your life is that you would not sin, that you would refrain from your wicked ways, that you would curb your rebellion against his authority, that you would seek holiness and righteousness. That is the will of God for all of us. He does not want us to sin. That’s what John is saying to us here and he’s using the occasion of this letter to explain to us that he is writing to believers so that they would not sin. But the truth is we do sin. We sin every day. We sin every moment of the day. There really never is a complete moment where you and I could say that we have loved God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and if we have not loved God in this way, we certainly have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. So then, we sin because we are sinners. Although we have been given a new heart, the old man still remains and we are as the theologians of old have said both sinner and saint. So what do we do? John gives us the solution. He says when we sin (and we will) we are to go to our advocate who stands before the Father pleading our case, providing forgiveness and cleansing us with his blood – Jesus Christ. When you find that you have sinned don’t walk, run to Jesus and believe that you are no longer under his condemnation, but have been given the promise that your sins are forgiven and because he died and rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father we can be confident that the promise he made he will also keep. Flee to him my friends and be forgiven.