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Archive for August 27th, 2009

1 John 1:5 – 2:6

 

For years I struggled with cravings that were contrary to the new nature I was supposed to have.  Like Paul, I had the desire to do what was good, but I could not carry it out – at least on a consistent basis.  As a result, when I would read the passage shown above, I focused on 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins. . .”

 

But something has happened in me over that last few years.  It is as if my new nature has finally kicked in.  It is not a new ability to manage the old cravings as much as it is a new set of cravings.  And now, when I read this passage, I read it from a different perspective.

 

The perspective from which John writes and from which I now read, puts 1:9 as more the exception than the rule.  He follows it with this, “I write this to you so that we will not sin.  But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense”.

 

I hate to think of how many times the Lord has had to speak to the Father ‘in my defense’.  But His patience paid off.  2:6 says that we ‘must walk as he did’.  The problem is that we focus on the things He did in public.  But the secret is to focus on the things He did in private.  When we begin to do more of the things Jesus did in private, then we will begin to do more of the things He did in public.  We will receive a new set of cravings.

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