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. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2)

When we fall into sin there is an tendency to think that we have to run back to the law for hope in conquering the sin. We feel convicted of our action(s) and think, “only if I would read my bible more. Only if I would pray more. Only if I would do a righteous deed more. Etc, then I would beat this sin” This is a common tendency and it feels and seems so right. Doesn’t filling yourself with the Word of God and being continually in prayer produce fruits of righteousness? It does. But we have a misplacement of where the law belongs in our lives. And this misplacement will only keep stalling us in our pursuit of holiness.

John instructs us to the very first place we should go when we see the sins in our lives or feel the conviction of sin. If we sin we are not to run after fulfilling the law. Instead we are not to do anything. We are only to believe in a person, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Christ is the one who should fill our gaze as the mediator for us before the Father— not our personal commitment to do things better. Where as our sins show our own unrighteousness we can look to the perfectly righteous One who stands in our place. We can then rest in the fact that He is the propitiation for our sins. All the wrath for our unjust deeds have been removed once and forever. There is nothing for us to do to build or restore the fellowship we have with the Father.

In this battle, the resting place is not in the law where we try to promise to do things better. Instead, the first place we have to turn to is our justified standing before God. We have to remind ourselves that we are not condemn criminals but forgiven children while confessing we stumble in many ways. We stand in grace because we have been brought from death to life through Christ. The place we turn to when we see our sins it not the law but to Christ. Obedience will follow when we live in the light of our fellowship with God (1 John 2:3). But we must turn to the forgiveness we have to know that we have fellowship.