Scripture: 1 John 2.
(What is God saying here?)
1 John 2:1-6 (NLT)
1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. 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.
2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
3 And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.
4 If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.
5 But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.
6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
So often we hear, and of course we use, the excuses like “the devil made me do it” or “I just couldn’t help myself” or “well, I’m only human” or many other excuses that we try to use to explain our turning away from God and allowing Satan to use us. We are told in this scripture that the proof of our allegiance is proven in our obedience, or disobedience to the commandments of God. Furthermore, for those of us that claim Jesus as our Savior and yet don’t obey His commandments, we don’t have the truth in us and we are really considered to be a liar. Ouch, very abrupt but yet very sobering to know that when we pledge our allegiance to the King of this universe, then we need to live in accordance with His plan and His design. I love an example we use in my church to explain conversion, and that is the principle of doing a 180 degree turn from the way we were travelling. How is it with you friend? Are you fully dedicated to your walk with Jesus, and therefore leaving the world from which you came behind you? Let us learn to live as Jesus did!
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord Jesus it is awesome that although You sacrificed Your life for me, and although You have provided a book of instructions for me to live as a Christian, yet You went even further to reveal Your truths to me in this passage this morning and reminded me of the importance in being true to my commitment to You. It is so easy to give in and mix things of this world with Your precious principles, but I believe that this has a very negative impact on our witness for You. Please give me guidance each day to be more like You and to live a life worthy of You and identifiable with You. Please also touch the hearts of those that may read this devotional so that they too may properly align themselves with You.
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