“For Real”

“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 cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” – I John 1:7-8

Tomorrow is Halloween.  Hold on! This is NOT a message about how dangerous it is to dress your kids up and take them out trick-or-treating.

It is a comparison of what so many do every day of the year. The whole Halloween costume thing is to dress up as something other than who you really are.

Sadly, many Christians do that every day. They act like they are perfect (and we are not). They act like they have it all together (and we don’t). They act like nothing ever goes wrong in their life (and it does).

John’s words quoted above are directed at believers – not pagans. They are told not to deceive themselves – and certainly not to try to deceive others about how good they are, or that they have it altogether.

Sounds pretty hopeless if we leave it there, doesn’t it? But, John didn’t stop there, so we shouldn’t either.

The verses immediately after those above tell us “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

My prayer for us this week is that each of us who name the name of Christ would be authentic every day in order to show the power of forgiveness, love, and grace God has poured out on us.

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