THEME: BLOOD OF JESUS
1 John 1:6-10
“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”
-The blood of Jesus forms a strong foundation for us Christians. One of its functions is purification and cleansing from sin. God is Light and in Him; there is no darkness. If we walk in the light we realize His true nature and acknowledge Him as our source. According to today’s reading, we are all sinners and if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. This is a statement of humility and when we humble ourselves before Him, He will lift us up. We are then called to confess our sins for God is faithful to wash us with His precious blood and purify us from all unrighteousness. Since the blood of Jesus speaks better things than that of Abel, He calls us to Him when we sin and since He is our Advocate, He represents us every time; even when we are weak. If we abide in Jesus, we should walk just as He walked. Since He walked in love to the end, we are called to walk with love and darkness will never be found in us. For whoever says that he is the light but hates his brother he is in the darkness. If God is righteous, everyone that does right is from Him, for in Him there is no darkness. If we abide in Him we should not sin, as everyone who does right is righteousness. For the Son of God has been revealed to destroy the works of the devil. We should therefore love another unlike Cain who killed his brother when he did what was right. If we do not love, we abide in death and the truth is not in us. If we have passed from death to life, we should love one another. Jesus laid His life for us that we should love one another. Let us then not love one another in word or speech but in truth and action. If we are of truth, we should then live in truth and obey His commandments, and do what pleases Him. Whenever our hearts condemn us we secure ourselves in the love of God, for we are from the truth, and God is greater than our hearts and knows everything. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). If we walk in the Spirit, we abide in Him, and obey His commandments which is a call to love Him and one another. God is love and He gave us His Son because of love and we should never shy away from seeking His forgiveness for His blood was shed for our sins. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
Merciful God we come before You this morning asking for Your mercy. Forgive us from all our sins Jesus and wash us with Your precious blood. Though our sins are as red as crimsons wash us and make them as white as snow. Thank You Jesus for dying on the cross for our sins and making us Your children so that we may call You Abba Father. Deliver us from all forms of lawlessness and remove all guilt from our hearts. Help us to always walk according to the Spirit and never according to the flesh for we belong to You. We are children of light, help us to abide in You always as You are in us. We have been born of You Lord and we are Your children, forgive us our sins, sins of our forefathers, sins of our family members, sins of our nation and of the whole world, and deliver us from our troubles. When we were still sinners, Jesus You died for us. Thank You for redeeming us. Any wicked plan fashioned against us is defeated in You name Jesus. We are more than conquerors in You Jesus, fight for us our battles, for the battle belongs to You. Without You we are nothing and we cannot bear any fruit without Your help. Take charge of our lives and situations Jehovah. We surrender our lives to You Lord, take charge of our lives, families and nation. We come to Your throne of grace Jesus that we may obtain mercy and grace to help us in times of need, help us dear Jesus. You are our Christ, our Christ the King, our Lord of lord’s and salvation of the world. Make all our plans succeed for we are Yours and belong to You. Help us to love You and our neighbors as ourselves for without love we walk in darkness. May Your light always shine in us so that it may be a true reflection of Your love for those who see us. May Your love reach all the people and nations and especially those who have been neglected and desperately need You. May Your saving grace always be with us and all Your people, now and forever. All glory, honor, power and praise belongs to You Lord, now and forever. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love is God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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