1 John 1:9, 2:1-2 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
John 8:36 – So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
The famous John 3:16 states that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to suffer and die so that Jesus could lead us back to eternal fellowship with God. Yet, though we hate it, we still sin. In spiritual agony we cry out to God “Oh wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”(Romans 7:24) We cry out to God that we will never do that sin again, and then we do. It is horrible and we can feel horrible.
But our wise and omniscient God has thought of everything (of course! =)). Jesus did not just pay the price for the sins of our past, but also for the sins we will do today, and for the sins that we will do for the future. 1 John 1:9, 2:1-2 make it clear that the grace of God continues to cleanse us. We need to truly repent, pick ourselves up and continue to believe God’s promise that He will not forget or forsake us but to continue to sanctify us. 1 Peter 1:1-2 “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” Yes we are chosen by God the Father, redeemed through Jesus, and the Holy Spirit never leaves us and is continually and constantly sanctifying us. Therefore as 1 Peter 1:2 states, grace and peace are ours in abundance. In fact, a never ending, never exhausted flow of grace comes to us through Jesus. Yes, inexhaustible! Praise God! And because God has thought of everything, our job is wonderfully to love God and obey Him as best we can every day. This is not to be taken lightly, and yet it sets us free to walk in His peace and joy! Jesus came to set free all who will come to Him, bow their hearts, their minds and their souls to Him as their Savior and Lord.
Family, yes it wounds us to hurt the Lord by our sinning. But God understands, His love remains (Hebrews 4:15), He will never cast us away (John 6:37), so we are free to live our lives in the joy and peace of God that can never be taken away. The joy and peace that is not dependent on circumstances or events is ours for eternity. We are free. Let’s remember that and let the freedom given to us reign. May His love, His joy, and His perfect peace flow through us that God is glorified. Praise God who loves us so! Praise God!
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
Micah 6:8 – He has shown You, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of You but to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with Your God.This entry was posted in Devotion and tagged Hebrews, John, Micah, Peter, Psalm, Romans by Bob with