SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2017
Key Bible Verse: “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
Dig Deeper: Romans 13:8-14
God desires fellowship with us. But he can’t have fellowship with us as long as we cower in darkness. We have to unpack our baggage in the light of his grace and forgiveness. To have fellowship with God, we must live exposed to the light.
What price are you willing to pay to have a conscience that is clear before God and others? Unfortunately, the frown of our friends often means more to us than the smile of God. We must overcome our natural inclination to hide our shame and come to the light, no matter what the cost. The false self—that part of us that denies greed and self-centeredness and sinful acts—can never be healed without exposure. That part of us that draws significance from achievements and the adulation of others, that part of us that withdraws from those who are a threat to us, that part of us that judges others for sins of which we are guilty, that part of us must be brought to the light. When the false self is exposed, and we know we are radically loved by God, we are truly set free.
– Erwin Lutzer in The Power of a Clear Conscience
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