That You May Not Sin
A Song from I John 2:1-2

How to NOT sin? John the Apostle instructs the early church how to avoid sinning. But what if they DO sin?

God's answer is explained in this song, which you may download for

  • guitar in the key of  D, 
  • lead sheet in C, and 
  • piano arrangements in C and D.
how to not sin song

"My little children, these things I write unto you that you may not sin."

What things is John writing to his audience? 

"Abide in Him."   "Walk in the light."   "...whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected."

Does that mean we will never sin?

"If we say we have not sinned, we make God a liar!"

For the Christian, life is a journey 

The writers of New Testament scripture set forth that we believers are in stages of becoming more like Jesus - we have embarked on a JOURNEY.

But unlike Jesus, the God-Man, along the way we will stumble, and sin.

Song about sin

Please scroll down the page for the sheet music PDF links.

Our remedy is to recognize we have sinned, confess it to the Lord, and MOVE ON.  We are not benefited by immersing ourselves in endless guilt.

If we can remedy a situation where we sinned against someone - such as restoring stolen property - that is appropriate!  Apologies are appropriate.  But not to move on is to deny that Jesus Christ was able to pay for all our sins on the Cross: past, present, and future.

I John 1:9

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Does the Bible - the revelation of God - ever say that a human, while still on earth, can reach a state or stage of growth where sinning will never happen?  NO.

Even the apostle Paul conceded that God had allowed his "thorn in the flesh" - for which he pleaded three times for it to be removed - to keep him from exalting himself.  

Guitar tabs in D

Guitar song about sin
Guitar music about sin

So, having been "washed" by salvation - ONE TIME - we are to continue the "cleansing of hands, or feet," so to speak.  

John 13:8-11

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

The "bath" is salvation

The "bath" is one-time salvation - but since we don't proceed straight to heaven, we must "walk" day by day until God does take us home to heaven.  In this walk, we will struggle with our own tendencies to unrighteousness.  All these are sin, though they may seem little or big to us.

One day all these tendencies will be removed permanently, when we are in the presence of the Lord after death.  

But for now, we need to wash ourselves - and each other, when appropriate - with the "water of the Word" - God's way of cleansing us, and readjusting our attitudes and longings.

Ephesians 5:25-27

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

How to Not Sin song
Bible song about sin

How to "not sin?"

Become more like Christ, "conformed to His image," thinking "the mind of Christ."  The mind of Christ is the Word of God.  If we read and read and study the Word (the Bible), then we will gradually become more like Him.

But prayer for God's leading and guidance is necessary!  There are so many teachers and interpreters of the Bible, and so much disagreement.  

Yes, pray... God will honor the honest longing of your heart.

The links to the piano music:

Download the piano arrangement That You May Not Sin in the key of C

Download How Not to Sing song for piano in the key of D

The link to the guitar tabs:

Download the song from I John 2 for guitar

The link to the lead sheet:

Download lead sheet "That You May Not Sin"

Thank you for visiting!

Night sky with stars

Interested in beginner & easy piano music for your piano, voice, & guitar students? Check out my other website,!

Recent Articles

  1. Out of the Depths I Cry to You, O Lord: Psalm 130, a Song

    Out of the Depths lyrics
    "Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord" is a heart-felt plea of a child of God in troubled times. Sing the psalmist's cry, with guitar, piano, & lead settings.

    Read More

  2. How to Not Sin: I John 2:1-2 Tells Us How, In the Words of This Song

    how to not sin song
    How to NOT sin? John the Apostle instructs the church how to avoid sinning. But what if they DO sin? God's answer, in this song for guitar, lead, & piano.

    Read More

  3. Bible Verses for Hard Times: We Do Not Lose Heart - a Song

    Bible verse song
    Bible verses for hard times will strengthen us as we remember the faithfulness of God. Sing the comforting words of 2 Corinthians 4: "We do not lose heart!"

    Read More

  4. Bible Verses About Trusting God: "Burdened Beyond Our Strength" 2 Cor.

    Hymn sheet music for piano
    Bible verses about trusting God remind us God is faithful. In this 2 Corinthians song, Paul shares how he & his companions expected to die, but God saved them!

    Read More

  5. Daniel's Prayer in Daniel 9: O Lord, hear, O Lord, forgive! A Song

    Daniel 9 song
    Daniel's prayer, in Daniel 9:19, is that God would remember His people and not forsake them. His heart-felt cry is turned into a song in "O Lord, hear!"

    Read More

  6. Signs of the Second Coming: the Warnings of Jesus, a Song from Luke 21

    Second Coming of Jesus song
    What are the signs of the Second Coming of the Christ? Many, given by Jesus in the book of Luke. Sing the words, and you will remember!

    Read More

  7. In the Beginning Bible Verse: a Song from John 1:1

    In the Beginning lyrics & sheet music
    In the Beginning Bible verse - sing the compelling words of John 1:1. "In the beginning was the Word!" Find free sheet music & guitar tabs here.

    Read More

  8. Psalm 91 in Song: Thou Shalt Not Be Afraid of the Terror by Night

    Psalm 91 piano song
    Psalm 91 in song! Verses 5-7 of Psalm 91, KJV, speak of the terror by night & the arrow by day. A thousand may fall beside you, but it shall not come near you.

    Read More

  9. Isaiah 53: A Song from "The Forbidden Chapter" in the Book of Isaiah

    Isaiah 53 song
    From Isaiah 53 in the Bible comes a prophecy of the Messiah. Isaiah 53 KJV made into a song: "Who has believed our report?... Surely he has borne our griefs."

    Read More

  10. The Beatitudes Song: Beautiful Beatitudes in the Bible, KJV.

    The Beatitudes Song has a new & lovely melody that matches each word of all the Beatitudes, Matthew 5. Weep at the beauty of Jesus's words, & memorize them.

    Read More

Esther, For Such a Time As This, the Easy Piano Edition

This digital download version in the key of Em, with chord symbols, is greatly simplified.

Your piano students will be able to handle this one!

Also available at Amazon as a paperback.

The Adventures of Tonsta is a book about a young lad traveling over mountains and fjords from village to village, encountering trolls and helping folk in distress. A good read-aloud.

The Adventures of Tonsta

A perfect read aloud storybook for little boys or girls. 

The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young Christian lad with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.  

With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.

Lots of trolls in this book.

Available at Amazon!

The story in song of Queen Esther in the Bible

Esther: For Such a Time as This

Download this beautiful songbook telling the riveting story of the attempted genocide of the Jews in ancient Persia, and the brave young queen who risked her life to change the king's mind and save her people.

Also available as a paperback at Amazon!

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of, and this  newer site,

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

I also happen to love the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Christian worldview that portrays The Great War in the heavens, in which we here on earth are destined to be a part.  

You can find out more about  the reason for this website at the Home  page.