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40 Days Following Jesus: Day 38

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10 (NIV)

We don’t like being deceived there’s nothing in us that likes to be tricked. If anything we want to be in on the tricking and not being the one tricked.

However, we trick ourselves into many things. We trick ourselves out of many things too.

We trick ourselves into eating more than we should. We trick ourselves out of working out.

We deceive ourselves with our relationships. “Oh, he has never said this to another girl before.” Or “I know she can change. Maybe I’m the one to help her change. She needs me.”

Or, “I’m living a clean life, without sin.” There’s nothing in my life I need to repent of.

John, the disciple of Jesus, tells us when we think we are without sin is when we have tricked ourselves. We not only trick ourselves but we make Jesus out to be a liar.

When Jesus rescued the adulterous lady for. Being stoned to death, he looked at the religious leaders, whose outward actions and appearance made them look perfect, and says, “Whoever doesn’t have sin in your life, you can cast the first stone.”not which these experts in the law and keeping the law, dropped their stones.

Not one of us is without sin that brigs us short of God’s standard required to allow us to have a relationship with him.

But, when we confess our sins, God is faithful. This means He always reacts the same way to our confession. With forgive new and grace.

God is just. God has to treat sin accordingly and His justice place the punishment of our sin on Jesus who dies for us.

When we come to God acknowledging we are sinners in need of a savior, God’s faithfulness and justice collide. God, then sees us in light of what Jesus has done for us by purifying our hearts from the things we don’t do and haven’t done right.

Once we have realized the light has made us right we won’t want to live in the dark of night.

My next step:
Remember the light has made me right and I don’t have to live in the dark of night.