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07/31/2014

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"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 Jn.1:8-9).

To be as succinct as possible, our salvation depends on our response to the truth expressed by God through His Word. That truth that we need to embrace and love is more than just doctrine. It involves the truth about ourselves. which is an important part of what they like to call in court, "the whole truth..." As we see from today's verses, it includes the realization of our sins and a willingness to repent of them. Life never hits us more squarely between the eyes than the courage it takes to face some despicable thing that we have done. When faced with the truth that God looked more favorably upon his brother's offering to the Lord, Cain reacted in anger instead of repentance. In Acts chapter two, when the people learned the truth from Peter, 3,000 of them accepted it and were baptized. A bit later on in Acts chapter seven, when facing that same truth from Stephen, the people stoned him to death... Same truth... Totally different responses... In order to be completely honest with ourselves, we must want to know the truth more than we want anything else. The biggest problem that the Pharisees had was that they cared more about self-image than they did about a caring response to the truth... "God, I thank you that I am not like the other men --- robbers, evil-doers, adulterers, --- even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get...." Hmmmmm... This sounds like someone more interested in how others perceive him than about how God does! The loving of truth and knowing ourselves should walk hand in hand. Its more than just doctrinal truth, its the whole truth...

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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