A short devotional on 1 John 1:8,9. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Thursday, October 15, 2020.
Sin is never a good trade. We are convinced in the moment that doing this thing is a good idea. That it will bring us happiness somehow. And sometimes it does -- for a little while.
But then we are left with the hurt, and the emptiness, and the guilt that it brings.
Sin is never a good trade. It leaves hurt and pain behind. It hurts ourselves. It hurts others. It hurts God.
Then the guilt comes. The knowledge that I have done something, I have made a choice that has caused hurt.
A choice I didn't have to make. But I made it, and now there is more pain in this world because of me.
And often, in an addictive pattern, we add more sin and hurt to dull the pain of the first part. And a downward spiral starts of participating in sin, then doing more to dull the previous one.
But I'm not here to depress you today. There is hope. God provides forgiveness. We can be cleansed, washed clean of all of our guilt. We can live a life as if we have never sinned.
We don't need to carry around a weight of guilt.
But it takes admitting we have a problem. Admitting that we have done dumb stuff that's caused hurt. We have to pay aside pride. But the cleansing is so worth it.
1 John 1:8-9 says:
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Sweet forgiveness. To stand clean again. What a God!
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow