(More thoughts on my previous post.)
I think one of the other complications with concentrating on “not sinning” is that it takes our attention from our calling. If we are called to be holy, that should be our focus. “Not sinning” is encompassed in that calling. Our pursuit should be how we are to be more Christ-like in our attitudes and deeds.
Moreover, our faith should be a life. It’s more than just behavior modification. It’s more than just changing your ways to get into heaven. It’s about becoming the people God wants us to be. Again, Paul:
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unit of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-4)
Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. (Ephesians 5:1-2).
Accepting Christ’s death and resurrection is more than just about forgiveness – it’s about imitating His walk. I think John sums it up nicely:
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:11-12)