Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Monday, 21 October 19:
1 John 2:1 — My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
In last Friday’s readings, John made it clear that we all sin, but when we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us. (1 John 1:8-10) However, today John reiterates that sin should be rare for us rather than normal – “But if anyone does sin….” We are to strive for sinlessness despite not being able to achieve sinlessness, little children growing in Christlike character over a lifetime – “I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.”
“And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments…. whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:3, 5, 6)
Our passion to avoid sin is fueled by our passion to know Him, not simply to know about Him but to know Him in perfect fellowship, to be one with Him, which is what Jesus desires for us more than anything else – “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent…. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” (John 17:3, 22-23) Our desire for oneness with Jesus is our motivation for living the sinless life, and the Spirit empowers us. Obedience is the natural fruit and evidence of our fellowship with Him, bringing glory to God.
– Romans 6:2 — By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
– Romans 8:5 — For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
– Romans 12:9 — Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
– Hebrews 12:14 — Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 21 October 19: “And now, little children, abide in him.” (1 John 2:28) Abide in Him and abide in His love by avoiding sin.