Monday, April 3, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - That You Do Not Sin

Monday April 3

Bible Reading:     1 John 2: 1 - 14

Topic:         That You Do Not Sin

In today's text, the emphasis is not on "not committing" sin.

Christians in time of weakness my commit sin against God.

What John is warning about is the possibility of allowing an act of sin to become a habit of life or one refusing to repent of an act of sin by not confessing such to God.

Sin is forgiven on condition of humble confession and determination to turn away from it.

This is because Jesus your Advocate, is ever ready to plead with God on your behalf.

However when sin becomes a habitual pattern of life, then fellowship with God is bound to be broken.

For a Christian to continue in fellowship with God, John gives the following tips:
(a)     keep God's commandments (vs. 3 - 5)
This entails constant studying of the Scriptures to know the Will of God and how to respond to them in a godly manner

(b)     Walk even as Christ walked (v. 6)
This means, sharing His values and emulating them. It is asking "What would Christ do in this situation?" and doing the same

(c)     Love of the brethren (vs. 9 - 10)
This is not only loving the brethren as you love yourself but as Christ loved you and died for you

Father, please give me power every hour to be in true fellowship with you, Amen.

Memory verse:   1 John 2: 11
"But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness and knoweth not whither he goeth because that darkness hath blinded his eye"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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