Today you should read: 1 John 2:1-6
How do we deal with SIN as a disciple of Jesus? We should do everything in our power to avoid it – to live holy lives like our example Jesus Christ.
1My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin.
What if we do (sin)? The cross gives us a solution for our sin. Jesus (our advocate or attorney) defends our case before the Father through the power of the cross.
But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
God’s Word tells us to confess our sins – which means to agree with God that they are wrong and take steps to avoid them.
If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:9)
Jesus defends us from the accusations of Satan before God.
Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has come at last–salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth–the one who accuses them before our God day and night. Revelation 12:10
How can we be sure that we know Him? John says – if we have a pattern of obeying His commands.
3And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. 4If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. 5But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.
This gives us the assurance of our salvation that we are looking for. This is why so many people doubt their salvation – their lives don’t reflect a Jesus-change.
How should we live our lives? Do our best to live like Jesus did – W.W.J.D?
6Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
• Are you striving for holiness? How’s that going?
• Do you keep sin confessed in your life?
• Does your life make you certain that you know Him?
Posted by: Tim Parsons