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This month I want to help us prepare for Christmas by reflecting on God’s Grace. If you want an overview of what I’m trying to accomplish, read the first post in this blog series called A Month To Remember God’s Grace.
Below is the reflection for today.
DECEMBER 20 – GRACE MEANS WE CAN TURN OURSELVES IN
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. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
- 1 John 1:8 – 10
Some days are bad days. We wake up cranky. We hunch over our breakfast bitter. We try to say no but we end up saying yes to the thing we swore we’d never do again. And then all of a sudden the spot light is on. We try to act like nothing is wrong but we’re fidgety and nervous. We know what we’ve done was wrong and we don’t want anyone else to know about it. After all, we have appearances to keep. So we stop making eye contact, because our eyes might give us away. We hide behind our busy schedule, hoping that in a few days we’ll be far enough from our failure to be implicated. We have a few more drinks to drown the memory. But these things don’t bring peace because fugitives are fearful of being found out.
Thankfully God has a better way for us to deal with our bad days. We can be honest about them. We can turn ourselves in. We can declare to God and to others that we have failed. While this is scary to do, it is possible because of grace.
You see on our bad days we are not beyond the reach of God’s grace. On our bad days we are still loved and we can still hope for forgiveness. In 1 John we see that forgiveness comes when we confess our sin. The application is that we need to get our failures out of the locked closet. We need to talk openly with God and with others about our bad days. We need to say no to secrecy and hiding.
The promise of grace is that honest confession will bring forgiveness and peace. And so you don’t need to worry about being found out. You can turn yourself in to God. And when you do, do you know what you get? Grace. Let that reality draw you out of hiding and into God’s marvelous light.
Is there anything that you need to turn yourself in for? In preparation for this Christmas be ruggedly honest with yourself, with God and with others about who you are and what you have done.