Take off the Old, Put on the New

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But 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.

Topics: Sin

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But 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. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10

If you’ve sinned recently, welcome to humanity!

We all sin.

We all fall.

We all live in a broken world that won’t stop pursuing the destruction of our souls, our families and our ministries.

If you’ve sinned recently, you are a human being.

But it’s how we walk after sinning that reveals who we are.

Though Christ purchased our freedom, some of us still choose the darkness. We forget that our hearts are “deceitful above all things, and desperately sick” (Jer. 17:9), so we chase an illusion that leads us further away from God’s presence.

We know there’s a tug to confess our sin to others, but we busy ourselves until it goes away.

We know that we are a broken, dirty mess in need of grace and community while masquerading as if we have it all together, in no need of grace or community.

It’s a disguise, a front, an act, and that mask will fall off soon, revealing who you truly are – a human being just like the rest of us in need of grace and community.

We have shed the “old self”, but we have failed to “put on the new self” (Eph. 4), which makes us susceptible to the enemy, giving him a foothold to wreak havoc on our lives.

I’m pleading with you to walk in the light. Confess the thing that you need to confess and get moving! There is much work to do. Let’s get in the fight and war well!