Do we sin every day? Is it possible to go a whole day without sinning?

Yep, it's true, we sin every day because we are a fallen race. There is no way to go a whole day without sinning. Psalm 51:5 says, "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me." Sin is natural to us as humans, so going an entire day without sinning would be like a fish taking a break from swimming for a day. Swimming is natural for fish, and, unfortunately, sin is natural for humans. Romans 5:12 says, "Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned."

There are a ton of commands we know we rarely keep, much less keep every day. For example, who can claim to love God with all his heart, mind, and soul every moment of every day? Nobody. Yet, that is the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-38). Not loving God completely at all times is, sadly, a daily sin for all Christians. We get so wrapped up in our own worlds that we forget about God totally. Can you relate?

The Bible also warns us about the deceitfulness of our old sinful nature, which is pretty much talking about our tendency to sin every day. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). Even the apostle Paul was frustrated with his own battle against his sin nature. "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members" (Romans 7:22-23). Ever did something sinful but you "just couldn't help it"? Yep. That's the sin nature.

Every human in Scripture (aside from Jesus when He lived as a human) struggled against this innate sin nature that chases us from the second we are born until the moment we die. Even King Solomon in the Old Testament knew that he and his men struggled with sinning daily, as he said in his prayer at the dedication of the temple in 1 Kings 8:46. Solomon spoke of it again in Ecclesiastes 7:20: "Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins."

Even though battling sin is a constant for us in this life, the good news is that we won't have to deal with it at all in the life to come with Jesus! One day we will be in Heaven with our Savior and will be free from sin and its daily hold on us—just as we have already been freed from its penalty because of Jesus' sacrifice for us.


Nope, there is no way to go a whole day without sinning (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; Jeremiah 17:9). There are a ton of commands we know we rarely keep, much less keep every day. But that doesn't mean there's no hope for us. As long we continue to struggle against sin (Romans 7:22-23), we're doing something right: not giving up!

Writer: L.B.

L.B. is a seasoned Christian writer who loves working with youth and inspiring others to live for Christ.

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