I’m doing an online bible study. This one is studying the letters of 1, 2, & 3 John.
The first week, jumps into what is light and darkness. Light is forgiveness and presence of God. Darkness is sin and its effects.
One of the questions was: “In what ways does culture give the impression that sin does not affect us?” Think about it, with all that is on the tele, movies, real life, I’m sure you know one or two, if not more, people that you know of who are sinning. Not to mention looking at the person in the mirror.
But what is sin? Disobeying the 10 Commandments? Okay, on the surface of the 10 Commandments, one may think, hey, I’ve got that covered, I follow the 10 Commandments, piece of cake. B U T ….
If you look deeper at these Commandments and realize what could be included in them, it may cause one to go hummmm … maybe the one looking in the mirror isn’t as sinless after all. Click here for a more in depth list of sins covered under the 10 Commandments.
Am I sinless? Heavens NO!! I see myself in this extended list also. Discouraging, why bother? Because I want to be in Heaven when I die. I want to have an eternity with the Light. Not eternity in the darkness, weeping & gnashing teeth. Light sounds much better!!
Unfortunately the culture we live in gives the impression that sin does not affect us. It does and without an Advocate to speak on one’s behalf, darkness is one’s place of eternity.
Who is this Advocate? It’s Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The One who suffered, died and shed His blood to cover the sins of man. Ask Him into your heart today, don’t wait. Ask Him to forgive you. God made us all with a desire to return to Him, that is what we need to do is turn around, ask Him to forgive us and follow by faith and receive His forgiveness & mercy.
I know for me, I was so restless that nothing would satisfy my restlessness. I could not sit still, it was like I was hooked up to an electrical outlet and my body wouldn’t sit still. When I realized it was the Holy Spirit reminding me that I was God’s child, I did just that, turned around and asked His forgiveness. I found a church that fed my soul and my restlessness was satisfied. Nothing can satisfy that longing and desire … I repeat … NOTHING of this world can satisfy that longing and desire but God and a relationship with Jesus.