PRAYER: Please pray for hope. There’s so much to be fearful of right now. God tells us to resist fear and believe in hope.
DEVOTION: “If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.” – 1 John 1:10
It almost seems as though this verse needs to not be written. Of course we know that we shouldn’t claim that we haven’t sinned…and yet, here’s the verse.
John is driving this point home to us. We have ALL sinned. The idea is that we need to be aware and conscious of our sin. Be aware that we continually sin. Jesus is the only one who has never sinned.
Then, be more aware that God is faithful and just to forgive us of that sin because of the work of Jesus on the cross.
The final point made here is that John is warning us of His word having no place in our hearts. May it never be. Our sin certainly drives a stake in between us and our relationship with God and His word but our reliance on God for forgiveness leads us back to Him. So, even in the guilt of our sin, our desire for forgiveness leads us back to Jesus, not away from Him.
Today. Ask for forgiveness. Be forgiven.