12/26/17 In The Light

“Gentiles worship gods who are made in the image of their worshippers – spiteful and vengeful, changing their minds based on their moods, easily bribed with sacrifices of various kinds.  But the One True God, the Father of our Messiah, Jesus, is not like that at all.  Rather than being made in the image of His worshippers, He made us in His image.  And although we live in a world filled with sin, we were not made to be sinful.  God is light – He is Goodness and Truth personified, and there is no darkness in Him or near Him at all.  So if we claim to be His children, but we still delight in our sins, we are lying to ourselves, to each other, and to God, because only goodness and truth can come from God.  But if we live our lives seeking to do what is right according to God, then we truly are brothers and sisters in Him, and the blood that Jesus shed on the cross for us washes away the guilt of our sins.  Still, we inhabit the same bodies after putting our faith in Jesus to save us from the penalty for our sins that we inhabited before – bodies that are inherently sinful – and we live in a world that is filled with sin.  We cannot be completely sinless while we are still in our present state.  So if we say that we do not sin, we are lying to ourselves and to each other, and God’s truth is not found within us.  Even worse, we are saying that God is a liar, because He has said that no one is without sin.  But if we come to God and confess our sins, asking His forgiveness with hearts that are sincerely sorry for what we have done, He promises to forgive us each and every time we do this, and to give us a clean start each time.”

 

1 John 1:5-10

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