Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 24:1-13; 1 John 1:10-2:14

My little children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. If some do sin, we have an intercessor with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous. (1 John 2:1)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. If anyone ever told you that you can live in your sins and be a Christian, they were lying to you. If they said that it doesn’t matter whether you sin or not, they were deceiving you. If you heard you could just sin more and more because Jesus has limitless forgiveness, you heard wrong.

Stop sinning! Repent of your unbelief. Quit thinking that God owes you something because of what you do and don’t do. You deserve nothing but punishment from God! Give up your OMGs and your JCs and all the other ways you misuse the Name that He gave to save you. You think that it’s okay to skip church or to play on your phone during the sermon? It’s only good if you plan on burning in hell for all time!

Love others like you want to be loved. Really honor Mom and Dad—not just with words but by doing what they say! Don’t murder and stop hating. Abortion is murder. It’s not the solution to your problem. Just say no to everything that the world tells you is okay to do with your significant other outside of marriage. You aren’t an animal. You are God’s child, so live that way! A homosexual lifestyle is not okay with God. It really isn’t. Stop stealing and cutting corners! Tell the truth. Speak well of people and defend them. What you have been given is a gift; you don’t need to covet what isn’t yours. Don’t take sin lightly. It can kill you.

“I’m writing so you won’t sin,” says St. John. When you fail in trying to love God and those around you, you have Jesus. He is your advocate before the Father. He intercedes for you. He shows His Father His wounds—the scars that He earned dying for your sins and the sins of the whole world. And in Christ, God forgives your sins. In Christ, God has mercy—even on you.

Christianity isn’t about you living a perfect life. It’s about you being declared perfect before God by faith in the One who suffered and died for your sins. Christianity is about being set free from the slavery to your sins so that you can live a life of love for others.

And don’t listen to false teachers who tell you that Christianity gives you freedom to sin. It doesn’t! Jesus gives you His Cross-won forgiveness that frees you from your sin. And where there is forgiveness of sins, says Dr. Luther in the Small Catechism, “…there is life and salvation.” You don’t need to live in your sins any more. You have been set free from them! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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