1 John 1
A Sure Message of Hope

by Bob Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Today's Bible Reading: 1 John 1

Selected Biblical Text
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. (1 John 1:5-7 NIV)

Thinking and Reflecting
Some people have turned the good news into bad news. A word of hope has become a word of doom; a word of forgiveness a word that speaks failure. A word of certainty has become unsure. The message must be restored. Christian living depends on understanding the message (truth) and practicing it. Our certain hope is that Jesus' blood cleanses us and keeps on cleansing us from all sin.

How often we try to deserve forgiveness? How often we try to earn it, merit it, and guarantee it? Have you ever struggled with the certainty of forgiveness? When do you feel least forgiven? When has forgiveness felt certain? Why? Meditate for a moment on the message of this chapter: When Jesus who is the light (remember John's Gospel) walks beside us, it is certain that we also walk in light, and that we have fellowship and forgiveness.

Father God, help us find certainty in this world of doubt. Let us confidently affirm the truth that is Jesus. Walk beside us and help us know and accept truth, so that we may we celebrate the continual cleansing of Christ's blood. In Jesus' name and by his power I ask it, Amen.

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