SATURDAY 28TH MARCH, 2020
THEME: Don’t Trivialize Sin
PASSAGE: 1 John 5:13-21
HYMN: MHB 327 – SINNERS, turn; why will ye die?
MEMORY VERSE: 1 John 5:17 “All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal.”
Some Christians misconstrued this passage to mean that John permits some degrees of sin for us Christians and God does not reckon with sins as verse 16 suggests. Sin is sin whether white, black or red. However, the laws of Moses in the Old Testament made some sins (42 in all) like adultery, fornication, idolatory, disobedience to parents, blasphemy, etc, punishable with death by stoning; but in the New Testament, God hates all sins.
In earlier verses John had condemned every sinfulness with strong words. In 1 Jn. 3:8,9 he says, “He who commits sin is of the devil but whoever that is born of God does not commit sin because God’s nature abides in him.” Even in the very chapter, he mentioned that loving God and keeping His commandment is the only way of being the children of God. In verse 4 he stated, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.”
We should not forget that John was preaching against apostasy here. He was preaching against the antichrist, who denied the coming of Christ and spoke blasphemy against God and the Holy Spirit. It is that action that John referred to as the sin that leads to death all because it is unforgiveable. Jesus also said that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unpardonable.
Brother/sister, do not be deceived. All sins have repercussions and God will judge them all. To God, no sin is smaller than another. There is no white or black lie. All lies are sin. Don’t be led into any sin because God hates sin and cannot call any sin small. He who is faithful in nine and fails in one is guilty of all before God!
PRAYER: Gracious Father, grant us the grace to live above sin every day of our lives in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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