Walk in the Light – Devotional for December 26, 2010

If we walk in the light as He is in the light . . . the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin —1 John 1:7

Christians are often considered “judgmental.” This is often due to an unloving attitude displayed by some who call themselves Christians. But there is some real basis for this. A Christian knows sin like no other. No one fully knows what sin is until he is born again. Sin is what Jesus Christ faced at Calvary. The evidence that I have been delivered from sin is that I know the real nature of sin in me. For a person to really know what sin is requires the full work and deep touch of the atonement of Jesus Christ, that is, the imparting of His absolute perfection. Our problem is that this is a personal knowledge: the sin in ME, his impartation of grace to ME. We go astray when we apply these standards to others. We should not expect the unsaved to truly understand sin or the natural of their transgression against God. This is something they must come to if they are to be saved.
It is not until we truly perceive the unrivaled power of the Spirit in us that we understand the meaning of 1 John 1:7 , which says, “. . . the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
I must “walk in the light as He is in the light . . .”— not in the light of my own conscience, but in God’s light. If I will walk there, with nothing held back or hidden, then this amazing truth is revealed to me: “. . . the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses [me] from all sin” so that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke in me. On the conscious level it produces a keen, sorrowful knowledge of what sin really is. The love of God working in me causes me to hate, with the Holy Spirit’s hatred for sin, anything that is not in keeping with God’s holiness. Don’t make the mistake of hating the sinner instead of the sin. That attitude is a blockade to others access to saving grace, and a total misunderstanding of the depths from which we have been saved only by His grace.
Be blessed.
Nick

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