Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Reason Not To Sin - 1 Peter 1:22 - You Have Been Purified

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart
1 Peter 1:22, ESV
Why not sin?

Because you are already pure in God's sight. Do you remember being convicted of your sin, seeing it as revolting as God does? Didn't you want to be delivered from its judgment and effects? In turning to God for His salvation, you found a purification of your soul. Where once it only brought forth corruption, at salvation you were purified! Did you know that, in God's sight, you have never stopped being pure?

Maybe you think, as one brother put it, "I've done too much [sin]. I don't want to trudge back through all that junk to get back to God; I'm just going to live over here." Don't throw your life away in sin, giving up on atoning for each sin you piled up before God. Sins after salvation do not corrupt our standing before God, because our standing is based on Christ, not on ourselves. Simply confess to God that you have sinned, and He promises to forgive (1 John 1:9). The atonement is already complete. Remember Jesus' words too: "The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean" (John 13:10, ESV).

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