January 12 – Mercy Wins!

Baptism of the Lord [1]

Psalm 106:1-12 (God saves through water); Judges 5:12-21 (The song of Deborah); 1 John 5:13-21 (The life of those born of God)

Sinning is a part of human nature. Let’s face it – when given the choice between doing right and doing wrong, the natural inclination is towards doing wrong. In the Psalms passage it begins by proclaiming the blessings of all those who do right – then a few verses later talks about the sins of Israel. One of the first words a child learns is “no” because they hear it so often. In that stage of life when they are growing up and exploring their world, they tend to seek things that are not good for them. As adults, we seek to train them to do the right things.

John reminds us that those who follow God should lead lives that are different. “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.” (1 John 5:18) I should note that this does not say that Christians never sin; it says that those born of God (born again) don’t continue in sin. We all sin even now. But those who are truly God’s children confess their sin, accept the grace and mercy of God as He shows forgiveness, and then stop sinning. We don’t ask for forgiveness and then go back and do the same thing over and over again. We know that God doesn’t like that behavior and so, we not only feel bad when we sin, we stop having the desire to sin. Yes, it’s a constant battle as new ways of sinning keep popping up – but no matter how great the sin, God’s grace to forgive is always greater. Grace wins!

Lord God, as Your child I shouldn’t enjoy sin. Yet sometimes I do – until after I have sinned. Remind me Lord of the price You paid to bring me forgiveness and mercy. Take those desires to sin away from me. Let my life reflect Your mercy and grace to others.

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I am a retired Middle School Teacher. I share each day what God is teaching me from reading His word hoping that people can benefit from reading what God has taught me.
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