Lent devotions 2011: Monday 28 March

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:8-9

Anyone who claims he is without sin, is absolutely perfect, that he is holy as God is holy, must know very little of his own heart. All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God: every man needs his own Saviour – Jesus Christ who suffered, died and rose again in order that we might be redeemed from our sin.

To say we have no sin is to deceive ourselves. To say we have reached a sinless state in which we no longer need the blood of Christ to cleanse us is a deception. We are just like those small children who, having done something wrong, stand in front of our parents and say: it wasn’t me! In our puerile state of sin we think we can bluff, lie and cajole our way into the favour of our parents, but Our Father has seen all, judges all, and – but for the supreme sacrifice of His Son – condemns us all.

God is faithful to Himself, His Son and His Word. He is just and right in everything He does. He does not require righteousness from us to receive forgiveness; all He requires is the death of Christ on the cross.

Thank You, Lord God, for supplying all that was needed for our forgiveness. Amen.