“and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.”
This event , of Jesus in the wilderness, and being tempted by Satan, is also found in Matthew 4 and Luke 4. Jesus was tempted by Satan, but was without sin. (Heb 4:15) “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.”
How can we, be as Jesus was, “tempted in every way, but without sin?” The first step is realizing that sin has NO power over us, for we are not under law , but under grace.(Romans 6:14) “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” What an awesome result of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that sin has NO power over us. I think Chritians sometimes, give into the whole “we are all sinners” statement and this allows us to tolerate sin in our lives. Lets receive the promise that sin has NO power in our lives and we do NOT have to tolerate it.
A second way to be “without sin” is to take the way out given to us by the Lord. (1 Corinthians 10:13) “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” God wants us to be without sin and he ALWAYS provides a way out when we are tempted, look for it, search for it, and walk in it.
A third way to ” be with out sin” is to not talk so much. (Proverbs 10:9) “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.” Sometimes, I am amazed at what comes out of my mouth. As Peter says in 1 Peter 4:11, “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.”
A fourth way to “be without sin” is to avoid anger. In James 1:19,20 “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” We see James reminds us to be “slow to speak, as well as slow to anger.” Bonus advice: DONT speak at all while angry.
This is a beginning guide to “being without sin” maybe in the future God will give us chance to really dig into this topic, in the meantime as our Lord said, “Go and sin no more”