Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Thought for Thursday 5/30/13

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have no sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”  1 John 1:8-10

To say that our Lord forgives all sin when we come into His covenant is an understatement.  To say that all sin forevermore is automatically forgiven without our effort to repent – OR – that it is impossible to sin once our Lord is received into our lives is deceptive, to say the least.

St. John is not trying to make his charges feel guilty.  Rather he is reminding followers of Christ that their task in spiritual growth is far from over.  We think we are “already saved” as if we are done?  St. John says we are just getting started!  But being aware of the sin in our lives is being aware of our need for our Savior in our lives.  Being aware of sin in our lives in being painfully aware that though we have been cleansed through justification, we are still being sanctified as we continue the Journey together.  Our justification before the Lord is His reminder that we have hope in Him, but we must not turn our backs on Him and choose again the old path that was leading us to death.  Justification is a whole new journey, a whole new path, a whole new life; but the path, the “Way” is Christ’s Way, not ours.



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