August 20 Stop Sinning

Scripture reading: Galatians 6:7–10

Key verse: Psalm 139:3

You comprehend my path and my lying down,

And are acquainted with all my ways.

Have you ever wondered if you can get away with sin? At some point, each of us has thought, Well, I’ll just do it; I know God will forgive me. Or maybe our thought processes have gone like this: No one will find out; it won’t matter.

The truth is, God knows much more than we like to think He does. Not only is He aware of our sin; He also knows the attitudes of our hearts and is familiar with all our ways. Even before we do something wrong, He knows all the details (Ps. 139:3).

Yet God who is rich in mercy promises to forgive and restore each person who admits his failure. This is the wonder of His grace. You don’t have to worry if He will continue to love you. He has promised to love you with an eternal love.

Part of God’s loving you is allowing you to face the consequences of your mistakes. God does not wash His hands of you. If you have fallen into sin and call out to Him, He responds with love, forgiveness, and hope.

After healing the disabled beggar, Jesus said, “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you” (John 5:14). God is not waiting to rain down fire from heaven on those who disobey Him. However, He does expect you to heed His warning and turn from sin. Lay aside everything that would keep you entangled in darkness and separated from His love.

Dear Lord, help me lay aside all that would keep me entangled in sin and separated from Your love. Examine my heart. Reveal my secret sins.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 243). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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