'He appeared so that he might take away our sins.' 1 John 3:5 NIV
Sin can be described as our 'selfish independent nature', where we choose to go against God's best for us. When we refuse to confront our sins and deal with them, we become a target for the enemy. The Bible says: 'If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall' (1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT).
The Bible says, 'All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23 NIV). But our sin doesn't mean the end for us: 'He appeared so that he might take away our sins' (1 John 3:5 NIV). Because of Jesus's sacrifice on the cross, we're loved, forgiven and accepted and promised eternal life. John 3:16-17 says: 'For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him' (NIV). Jesus will forgive our sins, declare us righteous, and give us strength if we come to him with a repentant heart and receive his mercy and grace.
But, we have to be willing to confess and deal with our sins. We can't use the forgiveness of God as an excuse to keep on sinning. When we truly value the sacrifice that Jesus made to wipe all our sins away, we'll want to focus on doing what pleases him.
So what now? Is there a sin in your life that seems to have become a habit? Confess it to God and ask for his strength to deal with it. Maybe talk to someone you trust too, so that you can be kept accountable to overcome it.
Soulfood: Gen 40-41, Matt 22:1-14, Ps 27, Pro 7:10-20