Devotions: 1 John

BibleA devotion based on 1 John 1:8.

John’s first letter is rich in practical theology. The letter is an attempt to demonstrate what the Christian life is supposed to look like. One of the areas addressed is that of sin. He makes it clear that a life of sin is not compatible with following Jesus. The problem is that, as demonstrated in this verse, is that all people sin. Anyone who claims to be without sin is a liar (which would also make them a sinner). This is all part of a larger argument where John explains that sin is unacceptable, sin is inevitable and sin is forgivable.

There are people who sin outwardly in an obvious way. It is easy to point fingers and shake heads. They are the sinners. Except we are all sinners. The pastor of the biggest mega-church, the author of the most amazing Christian book, the grandma who leads the quilting group, they are all sinners. This is not something to embrace under the excuse that we are only human. We must do two things. We must strive to live holy lives and to have a family resemblance to our heavenly Father. When we do stumble (and we will), we must trust in God’s grace and ask for forgiveness. What we must not do is hold onto a feeling of superiority over those who can’t hide their sins as well as we can.


I have written a book on 1 John called The Faith Test. This eBook is available to subscribers of my newsletter.

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