Devotion – January 18, 2016 – More Than Skin Deep

titus1_15To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
—Titus 1:15

We all sin.  Sin is whenever we are in opposition to God, when we are in rebellion against God.  We can all think of times when we’ve done something wrong.  But sin runs much deeper than that.

Sin isn’t just something we occasionally do, ever since Adam and Eve did that first act of rebellion, the human race has been completely corrupted by sin.  It affects how we act, how we think, our emotions, and every other aspect of our lives.  As Paul writes in Titus 1:15, for those who are corrupt and do not believe, nothing is pure, both their minds and consciences are corrupt.

However, when we believe in Christ, that changes.  Jesus not only forgives us of our sins, purifying us; but He also frees us from the corruption of sin.  We are no longer completely compelled to sin.  We are a new creation with the Holy Spirit living within us.  We have been purified and can now desire and do pure things.  Yes, we will still continue to sin because we will not have completely shed our sinful nature until we are with Christ in the life to come, but we also continue to live lives of repentance being purified by God and serving Him in the purity of the Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father,

I confess that I have sinned against You.  I have done things I knew were wrong and not done things I knew were right.  However, my sin runs deeper than that.  Even my very thoughts and sense of right and wrong are sinful.  But I am sorry for my sin and sincerely repent of them and ask you to forgive me for the sake of Your Son’s bitter suffering and death.  Please forgive me and renew me in the joy of my salvation that I might delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your Name.

Amen

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