SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (7)

My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world – 1John 2:1-2

LIGHT FOR NOW: Being contrite and sorry for doing wrong is not sin consciousness.

We have said that God’s word is God’s corrective tool to us. Recall Paul in 2Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. Recall the word “correction” here implies ratification and it’s a word used for the improvement of life and character. So God in love corrects us by His word, he doesn’t harm us nor cause pain or misfortune on us. Recall the writer of Hebrews in Hebrews 4:12 says the word of God is a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” and that word “discerner” means to judge. In other words, as touching bad conduct, God by His word judges it, the judging is not for destruction or condemnation; rather, it is for correction to effect. And we said that when the believer yields to the judgement/correction, then he has judged himself. Hence, when judgement is used in relation to believers as touching conduct, it is not aimed at destruction or misfortune; rather, it is aimed at correction. The judging is not to condemn or destroy the believer, if there is any destruction at all; it is the destruction of his flesh which is a positive destruction because it’s for the believers’ good. As this correction/judging takes place, the believer feels wrong sorry for his wrongdoing which is appropriate. Being contrite and sorry for wrongdoing isn’t sin consciousness. The born again man in his spirit finds sin repulsive. Saying sorry and admitting you sinned isn’t doubting the finished work of redemption; rather, it is in feeling condemned. We judge ourselves and when we are wrong, we admit it as much as not denying the right standing we have with God which is without works. That is why the judging is not to bring condemnation but correction; and if the correction is truly effective, you will definitely feel sorry for the wrong doing. That is not sin consciousness at all, it is feeling condemned that becomes sin consciousness. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION:Allow God’s word to correct you when you go wrong.

Prayer:I declare by faith that my realities in word influence my conducts on earth, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: God’s correction is within the conduit of his word.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 11; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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