Anglican Devotional 10 April 2024: Walking In The Light

The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 10 April 2024 – Walking In The Light

TOPIC: Walking In The Light

READ: 1 John 2: 1-6 (NKJV)

  1. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
  2. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
  3. Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
  4. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
  5. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
  6. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

THE MESSAGE:

One thing is clear, God does not want His children to sin; He does not want His children to live in sin or practice sin. In fact, no true Christian wants to sin and no sinner (one who perpetually sins) is a Christian. Yet, we must fight with sin, the devil and the world. We fight all day long as temptations and trials come our ways. John’s words are instructive, “I write this to you so that you will not sin.” In fact, this is what the whole Gospel is all about. Jesus brought us out of our slavery to sin and into a new life in Him where sin is no longer our master, so that we obey its desires no more. Unfortunately, occasionally we fall to sin’s temptation and feel dirty until we bring that sin to God for cleansing.

Well, John immediately comforts us in the same breath that he exhorts us not to sin. He says that if we sin, we have an advocate with the Father. When the prodigal son came to his senses, his conviction led him to repent and rise to seek his father. Of course, his father was still his father. There is nothing sweeter than the knowledge that though our relationship with our Father is broken by sin, we have a Father who is always ready to forgive and receive us back into fellowship with Him. And when we walk in the light of His word and live by His truth, our hatred for sin grows. Therefore, let us always strive to walk in the Light of God and confess our sins whenever we fall.

PRAYER: Lord help me to live upright always and whenever I fall, to repent and return to You!

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