Daily Reading: 7-19-16
1 John 2:1-6 The Voice (VOICE)
I am going to set a word out for you today that most people are afraid to use because it sounds judgmental. The word is “sin” or that which is evil, immoral, and transgresses against God’s Word. Jesus is the Living Word, so when we follow the Word we are following Christ. For the Christ follower who is seeking to know the Father and gain understanding, the word “sin” is familiar. It is not a judgmental word; rather, it is an honest assessment of our human behavior and sincere recognition of our need for a Savior. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world; in other words everyone sins.
We are to avoid judging the sins of others and focus on our own journey; remember Jesus saying, “Why is it that you see the dust in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but you can’t see the wooden plank in your own eye? (Matt. 7:3-4). Christ’s followers realize sin is our natural condition and, without the supernatural work of the Living Word, sin separates us from our perfect God. Knowing God means learning to follow His holy ways; we grow closer to God (intimacy) when we confess our sins to Him and choose to allow the Spirit to bring the necessary change into our lives that causes us to align our ongoing choices with God’s Word.
In our passage this morning, the Apostle John is writing a letter and urging Christ’s followers to avoid the inevitable pain and guilt that comes when we practice sin. There are always consequences to practicing sin.