Posted by: Larry Hoekman | November 26, 2011

I John 5:16-17 – Impact of sin!

Day 792:   I will be posting this note for a week so all God2me readers are aware of the possible options now available through God2me.  When on the God2me home page, on the right side you will see ‘Books of Bible in First Person’ with a list of the books I have paraphrased in the first person.  Click on any of them and the entire book is there to be read in the first person!  Below that is ‘First Person Devotions’ which have topical or book devotions!  Click on I Peter and you’ll get all of the devotionals on I Peter, or click on Mother Teresa and get all devotionals regarding her!  When finished, click on ‘Home’ in the picture at the top and it will take you back to that day’s devotional!  If you subscribe by email, at the bottom of the post you can click on God2me First Person Devotions which will take you to the home page and allow you to do the above!  Please use what you desire and share this with your friends who might benefit by having these first person Scriptures available to them!!!

Scripture:  If I were to see a fellow follower of Jesus sinning in a way that does not lead unto death, I should pray and God will give life to those whose sin does not lead to death.  But there is a sin that does lead to death and John is not stating that I should pray for those who commit it.  All unrighteousness is sin, but not all sin leads to death.   I John 5:16,17

Thoughts/questions:  As earlier devotions in John have shown, God is all about us having life; however, we can forfeit that life and commit sins that lead to death.  

That we all sin should not be a question in anyone’s mind – we have all missed God’s mark of perfection.  What we do in response to our sin determines their eventual impact!  The promise of I John 1:9 reminds us that when we repent, God is faithful and just to forgive us!  When that is our response, whatever sin we may have done does not lead to death – we are forgiven and our relationship with our holy God is restored!!!

Then what constitutes a sin unto death?  It would seem that when we do NOT choose to repent but continue in our sinful patterns, it is then we refuse God’s gift of life and our sin now does lead to death.  Our prayers for family and friends who are making bad choices cannot miraculously change them, but we are to continually pray for them.  God will definitely be at work in their hearts and will put people and circumstances in their lives to give them every opportunity to choose life!  Keep praying!

Suggested prayer:  Father God, thank You for taking care of my sins!!  Help my friends and family who are choosing sins that lead to death to choose life . . .

Memory verse for I John 5:  If I have the Son of God, I have life; but if I do not have the Son of God, I do not have life.  I John 5:12 

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