Sin has a debilitating effect on true Christians. We have the Holy Spirit Who makes obedience possible, yet we still sin so often. We know righteousness is always good, and sin is always bad, and yet we still choose sin over righteousness way too frequently. We understand the freedom that comes from forgiven sins, but our repeated sins weigh us down and damper our most sincere of confessions. We know we must not sin, and yet we still so often do.
1 John was written as a letter of encouragement for you. It affirms that sin is evil in the strongest of ways. And yet it doesn’t crush the spirit of the the saved. 1 John is about stopping sin, but it is also about maintaining faith in Christ and assurance of salvation throughout the whole sin-confession-forgiveness process we so often need to follow.
The following verse sums it up beautifully.
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.1 John 2:1
Christian, don’t sin. But if you do, go immediately to Jesus, confess your sins to Him (1 Jo 1:9), and let Him represent you to the Father and bring back the certificate of His righteousness being applied to you.