Ezekiel 33:1-11; 1 John 1:1-10; Matthew 9:27-34
I was a mean brother. I would torment my sister, repeating everything she said and making faces at her. She would scream, “Mom, Randy’s mocking me!” When my mom would come to stop the fight, I would act like I had done nothing wrong. From his letter, John addresses those who mock God. We cannot say we have repented of a sin and are in fellowship (having been reconciled) with God when we continue to do that sin. John calls this lying to God, and walking in darkness.
We lie to ourselves all the time saying, “What I did wasn’t all that bad,” or, “I don’t think God would blame me for doing that.” The darkness of our soul becomes most serious when we lie not only to ourselves, but to God. It is tantamount to mocking God by dismissing his love and taking his grace-filled forgiveness for granted. God’s grace is not cheap and it is not to be received lightly, because we have all sinned and fallen short of his loving light. Thanks be to Jesus we can escape that trap!
Prayer: Father, give me the courage to look at my sin in the light of your grace. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.