WEEK 8, DAY 1: I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins
In the beginning…God created the heavens and the earth. Everything about the earth was in perfect order. Adam and Eve lived in the most beautiful garden, and were able to live their lives completely naked and unashamed. It was, quite literally, heaven on earth.
While living in this perfect utopia, God gave Adam and Eve just one rule. Outside of that, they could do whatever they wanted. But God told them not to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That was it. Everything else was fair game.
You know how this story ends…Adam and Eve blew it.
The reality of sin in the world is apparent. Yet, as Christians we don’t always like to talk about it. Sure, we may think it’s OK to talk about other’s sins. But we hesitate to talk about our own sins.
However, the topic of sin is a fundamental part of Christian teachings. Not just sin itself, but our own sins. Without our sins, there was no reason for Jesus to die. To accept His death is to accept that He bore our sins, so that we may be forgiven.
READING & JOURNALING:
If you have a Study Bible, take a few minutes to look up “Sin” in the index or concordance in the back, and read through some of the Scripture verses referenced there. Which of these verses sticks out to you most? What, if anything, did you learn about your own sin? (Note: An online search quickly reveals 100 verses to read! If your Study Bible is similar, you may want to look up the 10 that seem most relevant.)
Are there any other topics you would like to look up in the future? Take the opportunity to write them down, and then begin to research them in your free time.
Heavenly Father, it’s clear that Your Word has a lot to say about the subject of sin! Help me to see sin the same way You do, and to understand the power of forgiveness. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: 2 Kings 17 & 18
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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