Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1 John 1:9-10

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Many people view God, as a great cosmic power with a set of balancing scales. On one side of the scales He places all of the good things that we do, and on the other side He places all the bad things we do. These people live their lives with this mistaken perspective and see their main goal as “do as many kind things as possible, and perhaps the good will outweigh the bad.” This is not the truth of scripture. This is not how the God of the Bible interacts with people. There are no scales. There is only “sin” and “not sin.” And we commit that sin- all of us. Because of that sin, according to 1 John 1:6, we have no fellowship with God. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fellowship with God. 1 John 1:7 says that by turning from our sin through faith in the work of Jesus, we can have access to God. But what about when we sin again? Do we blow it? Have we lost our chance with God? No, verse 9 says, if we confess our sins, we receive forgiveness for them. He is not a God who banishes those who mess up, rather He is a Father Who beckons us to fellowship with Him. He offers us access to Himself through Jesus. And when we mess up, He offers us forgiveness and restoration.  He interacts with us, not based upon a scale of how well we can perform, rather with the love of a Father Who understands that His kids aren’t perfect. He knows that you mess up, yet lovingly, patiently, and caringly, He draws us back to Himself and the joy that comes with a right relationship with God. What a good God we serve, Who instead of coming to us with an impossible scale in His hand, comes instead with forgiveness. May we live in a way where we don’t abuse that grace. May it be said of us that we strive to live so that He wouldn’t always have to continually forgive. And then let us thank Him that He continually does.
Food For Thought: What is lost in the relationship with God when we sin? How can  that aspect be repaired?