Why Do I Keep Sinning When I Don’t Want To?

why do i keep sinning

If you’re honest with yourself, then you know being a born again believer in Christ does not make you immune to sin. However, it does make you aware of sin. Because of that, you may want to stop sinning and actively try to fight it. Yet, sometimes it’s much harder to quit sin than we think. It’s possible to really want to stop sinning and struggle to do so. It makes us ask ourselves, “Why do I keep sinning?!”

Slave To Sin

“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”

Romans 7:15-25 NLT

Have you ever felt the way Paul did in the book of Romans? I know I have.

It almost makes you feel crazy because you know in your mind you don’t want to sin, yet your body continues to sin. You wonder, “Why do I keep sinning? I don’t want to live this lifestyle anymore!” It feels like an actual war between the spirit and the flesh.

Well, it is a real war. It’s spiritual warfare. Before we came to Christ, our bodies were slaves to sin. There’s an indwelling sin that lives within us and always will. However, when we become born again in Christ, we can now choose to destroy those ungodly desires.

How To Stop Sinning

Fortunately, God has given us ways for us to overcome sin and stop sinning. I outline those ways in my blog post, “How To Overcome Sin.” If you’re truly struggling with sin, I recommend you check it out.

Also, our book “I Don’t Want To Sin” is available for purchase. This book is all about the struggle between the spirit and the flesh and how to be victorious over sin. I want everyone to live their fullest life in Christ and will help any way I can for you to achieve that. There’s also an “I Don’t Want To Sin Workbook.”


We continue to sin even though we don’t want to because our flesh is a slave to it. However, you can become set free from practicing sin through Jesus Christ. Jesus said He was the truth (John 14:6) and that the truth sets us free (John 8:32).

Therefore, we can live a life free from sin if we submit to God and His Ways.

I pray you found this article helpful. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to leave a comment below. As always, thanks for reading!

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