1 John 3:1-10
Verse 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
The last couple of days we have been talking about what love looks like but today we are going to look at how love as obedience reveals the truth about us and what disobedience says about us.
The passage before us today speaks in clear terms about what sin in our lives says about us. As we have mentioned in previous days, we often find ourselves in too complacent a view of sin in our lives. We need to ask ourselves what we think it means of us. Have we ever asked ourselves which sins in our lives bother us? Shouldn’t they all bother us?
We often call sins we think of as lesser sins, by pet names. For example we call some lies, ‘fibs’ or ‘white lies’ but if we were honest with ourselves we would have to say that they were lies and therefore sins. Or maybe we ‘give prayer requests’ when in reality we are gossiping, yet another sin. Or maybe we consider a friendship with the opposite sex that isn’t our spouse just a friendship when if we were being honest with ourselves we are having an emotional affair. All these things may seem innocent to us at first but they are against God and His law and that should make them abhorrent to us. And seldom do things stay at the “lesser” stage of sin. Small concessions to sin will without a doubt lead to bigger sins.
We see in our Bible reading from today that God and sin cannot coexist. If we are truly going to show love to Him, His Church, and ultimately to the world we need to live as a reflection of who God is. We can’t live like the enemy and reflect God. We MUST come to a point of hating sin as much as God does or our lives will not be changed and the world around us will not see the difference Christ makes in our lives.
Part of loving our brothers and sisters is hating sin. If we don’t hate our own sin then we are setting an example that gives others the idea that sinning is OK. If we don’t hate sin in our siblings in Christ, we are saying we don’t care about their relationship with God. If we don’t hate sin in the Church we will not be His light to the world. And the clincher is this: if we don’t hate sin God says we are not His.
Making It Personal
Do you hate sin? Do you allow sin in your life, making excuses for it? What sin in your life needs to be addressed?
Making It Personal Kids
What is sin? How does God say we should feel about sin? Do you hate sin?
Father, we don’t hate our sin as we should. Give us a radical hate for sin and lead us in the way of righteousness. In Jesus’ name, amen.