Sin No More // Acts 10:43

Today’s verse helps us see that salvation through Jesus is simple, but not easy. Acts 10:43 echoes what we see in Acts 4:12, “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (NLT). This proves the old adage that there’s a lot in a name. The name, Jesus, is translated as God saves. Hallelujah, right?! But there is a response that God expects with salvation, which is to live a radically transformed life. We love the verses that show us how Jesus forgives sinners in their spiritual captivity but can bristle at what Jesus frequently said next: go and sin no more (John 8:11). That’s the part that can be complicated, isn’t it? Jesus doesn’t save us to keep us in our sin-filled lives, but to lead us in, and to, God’s way. God sends us the Holy Spirit to help us live for Him after we accept Jesus as Savior of our lives by convicting us when we do sin, and encouraging us to live into God’s limitless and merciful grace. Please know that you future sin doesn’t invalidate Jesus’ eternal offer, but it also isn’t license to grieve the Holy Spirit by refusing to try and live differently. We are to strive for perfection and seek God’s help not just to do so, but also for forgiveness when we inevitably fall short. As the saying goes, you might not be sinless, but you can sin less. It is impossible under our own power, but with God, all things are possible.