1st John Devotional - week 7, Day 1

Day 1: “Dancing in Heaven” – by Brandi Nelson (Worship Team Vocalist)

Read: 1 John 4:7-10

Review: As a young dancer, my dream was to be on Star Search (Gen X’s version of AGT). I carefully studied tv dancers, comparing myself for progress to see if I had become like them. Was I “good enough” yet?

As human beings, if we compare ourselves to Jesus, are we ever “good enough?” Nope. Apart from Christ, our hearts produce evil. So how does a loving God forgive sin and remain loving? John tells us, “God is love." If this is true, he must punish the sin/evil that destroys people (or he wouldn’t truly love them).  God so loved the world, that he sent his only Son to become the sin (2 Cor. 5:21) that must be punished: an “atoning sacrifice.”

As Christians, God conforms us to the image of Christ. Through faith in Him, I am mercifully declared “righteous/good enough” and may live (perhaps even dance) in eternity!

Reflect: God remained both loving and just by taking our punishment upon himself. Why do I even need an atoning sacrifice to have eternal life? Do I compare my sin to the sins of others or do I compare my sin to the sinless example of Christ?

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