1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
We are exhorted to abstain from (refrain from; hold ourselves from; keep oneself from; to avoid doing) fleshly lusts which war against our soul. The object of every carnal desire, craving, and longing is to bring the soul into captivity. By the grace available to us from the victory purchased by Jesus Christ, we can abstain from every fleshly lust. We do not have to yield and indulge fleshly lusts and sin. Sin shall not have dominion over us because of Jesus’s victory over sin and His victory is our victory by the grace of God.
We should never settle for anything less than total victory over sin in our walk. It is never better to sin and get forgiven as it is to sin not. It is a lot easier to just avoid sin. A little yieldedness to sin opens the door to more yieldedness to more sin (Romans 6:19). Sure the grace of forgiveness is available but you have to deal with the damage sinning does to the soul and the warfare indulging in fleshly lusts brings with it (1 Peter 2:11). Some teach don’t worry about sin we’re under grace as if grace is a license for sin. That is not Biblical grace or true grace. That’s like saying go ahead and wreck your car you’ve got insurance. We don’t have insurance so we can wreck but in case we wreck. True, you can make an insurance claim to cover the wreck but your car has to go to the auto body shop and get the dents banged out. It could be why some Christians aren’t as useful to the Lord as they could be because their time is consumed in mental warfare banging out the dents in their soul due continued yieldedness to sin.
The true grace of God from the word of His grace (Acts 20:32), the Bible, answers two questions about sin, ‘Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound,” and “Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace,” with the same clear-cut answer, “GOD FORBID,” Romans 6:1, 15. Grace wasn’t given for continual sinning or occasional sinning but that we’d sin not. There is grace to empower a walk in the Spirit above the flesh but we need to diligently pursue it. Awake unto righteousness and sin not. All the power we need to live above sin and the flesh is already within our born again spirit by the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.