A three letter word that isn’t popular in this day of our tolerant and morally liberal society is sin. I don’t want us to go into the baggage that accompanies that word because we would be here all day. I simply want to say that the impact of sin on our lives, from the Christian perspective, is not good. Darkness rather than light! But those who follow Jesus are not to point the finger and sneer out of some thought that our faith makes us better than the rest. Read what John, one of the first followers of Jesus, says:

I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s.  The Only Way to Know We’re in Him. Here’s how we can be sure that we know God in the right way: Keep his commandments. If someone claims, “I know him well!” but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived. 1 John 2:1-6 (The Message)

 I wrote yesterday about the difference between light (spiritual good) and darkness (spiritual bad), and how we are to live a life of repentance toward God. John continues to show us the value of a repentant life today. He says that everyone is capable of actions and attitude that seperates us from God. The importance of following God’s commands is a high priority for him in order that we should avoid the consequence of our sin. Doing as Jesus did, and following his teaching, will help us grow into the maturity of faith that defeats sin in our life. What are God’s commandments, well Jesus himself put them into one, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  Luke 10:27 (N.I.V)

Thank you Lord that you do not hold my sin against me but that through Jesus Christ you have given me freedom. Keep me conscious of my need to grow into greater spiritual maturity in faith, through him. Let my by word be to love you completely and love my neighbour fully. Amen.