Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/17/13

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

Jesus Christ 4“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”    (1 John 1:9)

It is difficult if not impossible for us to remain in righteousness. Even if we do not act out in unrighteous ways, our thoughts betray us: angry thoughts, careless thoughts, impure thoughts. Our mind can slip wayward in a moment, and yet we draw it back, the thought, the idea, was there. We seek the mind of Christ, but we fall short; our thoughts are not His thoughts, and even to think evil is sin. We have no righteousness of our own, yet He is righteous and in Him our righteousness is found. Thankfully, the Lord loves us and when we confess our sins, He forgives us and His righteousness covers and cleanses us.

May the righteousness of the risen Lord be yours this very day.

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