Proof of our Sin or Sinless Life

Scripture: 1 John 3.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

1 John 3:4-6 (NLT)
4 Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.
5 And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him.
6 Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

I was reminded in this passage how simple it is to identify a sinful vs a sinless life. I know for many who will read this devotional, you probably had me beat on this, and I praise God for you! Here’s the simplicity of this. Sin is breaking God’s law, as it is totally opposite, or contrary to God’s Word – His law. How do we know this? Well, Jesus died a sinless life so that we may be forgiven of our sin. Furthermore, He said in His Word that we must follow His example and live like Him, for it is by this that we will be known as Christians. Therefore, when we see someone keep on sinning, we will know that they either don’t know Jesus as Savior or they don’t understand who He is. So what’s our problem today when we sin and yet pose to be Christ-like on our Sabbath day? We want to show a certain bunch of friends, family or perhaps church leaders that we are a Christian by attending church? The big question is – will they think the same of you if they visited you on the job or at one of your social functions during the week? You see, there is nothing in the Scripture that makes reference to part-time Christians. It’s a yes/no type response if we are asked about our Christianity. If we answer, “well I believe so” or “I am trying to be” or something similar, then chances are that we have not totally surrendered to God. Think about this like you would your marriage (if you are married), you would never give the lousy responses I exampled. You are either married, or not married. Therefore, as for our Christianity, please be sure that you have placed a marker on your commitment day. A designated date when you made that vital decision, and subsequent commitment to Jesus. For those of us who have, then let us press on towards the mark – the day when Jesus calls us home. Let us fix our eyes on the goal and live our lives like it could very well be today. When others see Jesus in our walk and in our talk, there is no way they will also see sin.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord Jesus, I need Your guidance and Your strength each and every day to live my life in accordance with Your commands, while in and among those that have no desire to do this. Please give me this strength to not only help me be loyal to my commitment to You, but also in hopes that You could use me to reach others who are touched by You through me. For those that may study this passage with me, I pray that You will also convict them of their sin and make this a turning point in their lives. May You be glorified in all that we say and do today!

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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