||40days|| week two: acknowledge our sin

If you want a seed to grow, the first step is to plant it. You must open the soil, place the seed deep within, and bury it with dirt. With the right elements around the seed it will be nourished into fruitful growth.

The same thing is true of sin in our lives. If you want it to grow, the first step is to plant it deep within the soil of your soul. With the right elements around it, that sin will be nourished into fruitful growth.

The only problem is that most of us really do not want to have sin bearing fruit in our lives. Even those who are not followers of Christ do not want to see wrong actions bear wrong consequences in their lives. Unfortunately, however, this is what will happen if we do not acknowledge our sin.

Acknowledging sin is really very simple. It means understanding God’s will and ways for human life; this knowledge is revealed in Scripture. Secondly, it means choosing to view our thoughts and actions through the grid of God’s understanding. Thirdly, it means being willing to identify wrongs in our lives with all honesty.

When we do this, we are essentially pulling the seed of sin out of our lives before it flowers into growth. God’s great gift to us is that when we do this, He is ready to show grace and mercy to us. As we read in John’s first letter near the end of the New Testament:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.(1 John 1:9, NIV)

Where do you and I need to uproot the seeds of sin in our lives?

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