Paul and sinlessness
Every now and then, a thread starts up on being sinless. I like what Paul had to say about himself in 1 Cor. 4
1 Cor 4:1-5
4 Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. 3 But to me it is a very small thing that I should be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. 4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. 5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God.
Paul is writing here that he is not aware of any sin in his life. However, he is not acquitted by such a thing because God has not yet examined him. The lesson (IMO)? We can overcome any sin we are aware of, but we should not be so bold as to think that means we are sinless before the Lord. There may be things in our life that God has not yet revealed.
Grace to you,
13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."