“Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.”
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)
“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.”
I John 2:1-2 (NLT)
What do we do with our sinfulness? The author of Hebrews said that we should strip it off us, get rid of it like we would a weight tied around our ankle. But how do we that? There are many different ways. We can blame others for our actions. We can deny that what we have done is wrong. We can project those very things we do onto others. We can choose to ignore our behavior or better yet rationalize why we did what we did. There are other options. We can feel shame. We can feel helpless and get deeply depressed. We can give up and say, “It’s no use, that’s the way I am.” We can choose to become bitter and give up. But thank God there is yet another way. John shared it with us. He says if we sin, we can come to Christ, who will go to God the Father on our behalf. He is the one who can assure us of forgiveness. He is the one who can comfort us. He is the one who can give us the strength to get up and start over. He is the one who can say to our accuser, “Be gone! Leave my child alone!” Today, if you have something bothering your conscience, if you feel burdened, bring it to Jesus. Confess it to Him and them let Him wash it way. Let Him clean your heart and free your soul. Let Him give you a peace and joy that is greater than all of your sins. Hear Him say, “You are forgiven.”
Father, thank you for convicting me of sin. Thank you that I can come to You, confess my sin and know that the blood of Your son Jesus totally cleanses me. Thank You for complete forgiveness. Thank You for new direction and giving me a fresh start. Thank You for Your love. In Jesus’ name.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I am loved, forgiven and free
The author of Hebrews paints a picture of a person getting ready to run a race but his feet are all tangled up in chains. Use that metaphor and picture yourself struggling trying to get free from the chains that are binding you. You wrestle with all your might and you can’t seem to get free. Feel the nagging sensation as you become frustrated, sick to your stomach over all the turmoil you are in. But then Jesus comes by. He sees your struggles. Sense His compassion toward you. You can tell that He understands. You wait for it, but there is no condemnation. Instead you hear Him say, “Be free!” and the chains snap off you. Feel yourself relaxing as you truly understand that you are loved, you are forgiven, you are free.
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