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 (1 John 2:1 ESV).
It is said that in bible days, the friend of an accused person could stand up in court to declare the innocence of the accused, while asking the judge to rule in his friend’s favor.
Jesus, our Advocate, does the same thing for us. He does not however argue our innocence; instead, He admits that we were guilty and deserving of death. He reminds the Father however, that the debt for the sins of the believer was settled and the price paid in full on Calvary’s cross.
When we accept the free gift of salvation, and begin to walk in fellowship with Christ, we increase in our knowledge of the Father. This should result in a deep, abiding and intimate relationship with Him. The evidence of this relationship is a strong desire to please God the Father by keeping His Commandments.
John said that the persons who say they know God but do not habitually keep His commandments are liars. 1 John 2:4
When we walk in obedience to Him, the love of God will be perfected in us. That is because there is a relationship between our obedience and our love for God and by extension others. This love perfected in us does not make us sinless, but rather we will sin less as we grow in maturity in Christ.
Prayer: Father we recognize that there is none righteous, as stated in Romans 3:10, but we pray holy Father in the name of Jesus, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, that You help us in our desire to please You and to mature spiritually in You. Amen