Monday, December 13, 2010
Monday Devotion in 1 John
I love 1 John, it's a convicting book of the Bible, but one that is sure to illuminate hearts. For this "Monday Meditation" I wanted to share a few verses from 1 John that I read in my devotions the other day. I pray they're a blessing and cause us to really meditate on them.
1 John 1:8 ¶ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
2:1 ¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
There are so many people who have a hard time truly being honest with themselves and in humility, seeing themselves for the sinner that they are. The Bible says that all have sinned, but if we confess our sin, Jesus Christ is faithful to forgive us!! What a blessed thought!
3 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
True salvation changes a person, you have a desire to walk after God, to keep His Word/Commandments, to live holy and set apart unto Him. Why then are so many professing Christians not living this way??
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Sobering verses, but crucial to prove our life by. Does our life match up to the Bible? If not, why not? Is there sin in our life? Have we ever truly experienced the forgiveness of sins? I challenge you to meditate on these verses and draw nigh unto God.
Happy Monday, Everyone!