Daily Devotional Thoughts This Week’s Study: 1 John 1:7-2:2 Monday - Walking in the light brings two great benefits. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7). The previous verse reminds us that we are lying when we walk in darkness and claim to have fellowship with Christ.  Today’s text flips the coin to the positive side.  Notice two wonderful things happen when we walk in the light even as God is in the light.  First, we have fellowship with one another.  Our fractured relationships heal and we have fellowship with each other! Second, the blood of Jesus Christ “cleanses us from all sin.”  This is great news!  We aren’t forgiven of just a few sins, but we are cleansed “from all sin.”  Did you catch that?  All of it. Do you want to be cleansed from all sin?  Do you want your fractured relationships healed so you can truly fellowship?  That is the great gift God holds out to you just now!  Stay tuned for more good news as we explore Part 2 tomorrow! Tuesday - We CAN experience the joy of walking in the light! But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7). We CAN experience the joy of walking in holiness and righteousness here on this earth.  We  CAN enjoy the holy fellowship of fellow believers.  We CAN be cleansed of our sin and walk in the light. This happens as we respond to the wooing of the Holy Spirit in our lives and come to full surrender to God.  As moment by moment we walk in fellowship with God, as we die daily to sin, as we allow Jesus to live out His life in us, we find that we are walking in the light, our sins are forgiven and we have sweet fellowship with our God and our fellow Christians. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works (Titus 2:11-14). What a privilege and joy to be redeemed, cleansed, purified, and walk in the light! Wednesday  - We have sinned. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. . . . . If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. . . . If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us (1John 1:6,8,10) Just in case we miss the point Paul reiterates it three times, hitting it over and over in every other verse (1 John 1:5-10).  We are sinners, we have sin, if we pretend otherwise we are hypocrites and liars.  We may think we are really doing well, on top of the world and living clean lives.  However, God knows the deepest recesses of our hearts.  All we need is  a little something coming along that shakes us up to show even us how deeply rooted is evil in our lives. Paul understands the nature of human beings and he makes the point clearly again in Romans 3:23: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  The Old Testament prophet Isaiah describes our condition this way: “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away (Isaiah 64:6). Thankfully, we aren’t left in desolate failure with no hope!  God loves us and Jesus Christ gave His life that we might be redeemed from the curse of sin.  “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1John 4:10).  Praise God we have a bright future, forgiven and cleansed of our sin! Thursday - If we confess He is faithful to forgive and cleanse. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). God's forgiveness is certain.  Notice His promise:  "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us. . . ."   The only "if" is up to us.  "If we confess," then "He is faithful and just to forgive us."  Here is good news: when He forgives us, He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psa 103:12)!  And here is more good news!  Not only does He promise to forgive us, but He cleanses us from all unrighteousness.  Friend, God keeps His promise.  He is faithful and true.  You can go free today.  Free from the burden of sin, free from the failures of your life.  You can be more than forgiven, you can be cleansed!  God’s Word is sure: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It's all up to  you.  Will you come to God in repentance and sorrow for your sin and receive God's forgiveness and cleansing?  When you do, He “is faithful and just to forgive [you] and cleanse [you] from ALL unrighteousness.  Won’t you repent before God today? Friday/Weekend -  Sin not, but if you sin you have an Advocate! My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.  (1 John 2:1,2). The goal is clear. “these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.”  We are not saved to continue in sin.  However, as previous verses make clear, we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God.  Clearly, we are called away from sin and while God holds this goal focused sharply in front of us, He also holds out hope for our failures. “[T]hese things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”  When we sin, we have an Advocate.  An advocate is one who comes along side of us and pleads our case.  Jesus Christ, who has lived amidst the terrible mess of this world, pleads our case.  While He freely admits our sin, He pleads His sacrifice made in our place as the reason we can be forgiven.  He is our propitiation, He provides what is needed to reconcile guilty sinner with pure and holy God. “So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). Thank God for the reconciliation He offers!  “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”  Share the Good News!
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