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The Last Day of January

JusJoJan 31 January

I made it. I managed to write a blog post every day for the month of January. Thank you to Linda Hill for this great challenge. I hope you do it again next year. Thanks also to my fellow travelers along the way. I got to know some of you a little better and met some new and interesting people. Well done to all of you who made it through January.

The word for today is facetious.

The word, “sin,” is one of those words that has lost its meaning in modern life. People use it facetiously in phrases like, “so delicious, it’s sinful” or “it’s a sin to pass by this great offer.”

Sin, as used in the Bible, is not something we do or anything we eat. It is an attitude of heart, a rebellion against God. It is basically saying to God, “You have no claim on me, I owe you nothing. I am the centre of my own life and those around me. I will live my own life, decide for myself what is right or wrong and be god in my own life.”

We all suffer from this rebellious tendency. It’s called human nature. We don’t like to be told what to do. We do what we feel like, regardless of how it affects others. The symptoms are all around us to see:- corruption, exploitation, greed, violence, murder, theft, rape, injustice, bigotry, envy, unforgiveness… the list goes on an on.

Christ died to free us from the entanglement of sin. “…he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” Paul says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself…” (2 Corinthians 5:15,17-18a ESV)

My Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, I am fully aware of the rebelliousness that still lurks in my heart. Thank You for the cross. Please forgive my sin, come into my life and take over more and more each day. Amen.