Just to add my 2 cents it is hard to answer this question without getting into stuff like once saved always saved, but to answer simply salvation does not come from works alone. When we are saved we want to turn from sin. We will never be sin free while we are here in the flesh, Jesus was the only man and ever will be the only man to walk sin free. But there is a big difference between sinning but trying to stop and resenting that sin, not wanting to sin.. then there is sinning freely without concern or wanting to stop but simply enjoying it and because Jesus covered us and we are good to go so to speak.
It is almost like a child who wants to please his/her parents. Everything the child does he/she does to make the parents proud and happy because the parents mean teh world to the child. The child depends on the parents for everything and loves the parents like no one else. Now kids are kids, and children can't help but to mess up at times. But they mess up because they are kids, they do not do it to hurt their parents on purpose and they feel terrible when they do mess up. When a little child does something that makes the parents upset the child was not thinking at the time "I will do this because I know my parents will forgive me so I will take full advantage of that and do whatever I want" The child was likely taken by a moment of temptation to get into the cookie jar so to speak. I know my little boy loves me and his mom more than words can describe, he always wants to be with us and always wants our attention. I have never seen him want to be by himself, he wants to be right there between us from the time he wakes up until the time he goes to bed. When my wife cleans he wants to help clean. When I tinker at fixing something he wants to tinker too. Whatever we do he wants to do too. I think of a relationship with Jesus like that, there is no time we should say "ok Jesus, I need some time alone to do a few things your not going to enjoy" but rather we want to be with him, we feel a need to be with him always, and we are always trying to please him. But in the moment that we slip because of our sinful ways as humans and put our hand in the cookie jar we feel terrible about it.
I also believe a Christian never stops growing, there is never a point in this life when a Christian says I've reached the peak of my walk with Christ and I am now sin free. I will stop myself here before I get into free will and once saved always saved subjects.
Edited by Psalm25, 28 February 2013 - 07:50 AM.