A friend and I talked recently about what folly it is to look down on the sinner, failing to see that the very act of doing so is in itself a sin.
Friends, we don’t “commit” sin, we have sin; it is part of our blood and bones, it is in our DNA. We cannot become clean or without sin by washing our hair, dressing ourselves up, stopping smoking or drinking, lusting for others, telling lies, and ridding yourself of any other vice you might believe you can conquer.
This is not to say that you shouldn’t strive to conquer your vices, but instead it is only to remind you that you cannot make yourself to be without sin. You cannot rid yourself of what you inherited from Adam.
So what can you do? Simple – remember this: For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).