Words from the Heart for Sunday August 8th, 2021
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 us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:8-9 (NIV)
Ben Johnson is a Jamaican-born Canadian former sprinter, who won two bronze medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics. During the 1987–88 season he held the World’s Fastest Man title, breaking both the 100m and the 60m indoor World Records. He was stripped of his gold medals in the 100 metres at the 1987 World Championships and 1988 Summer Olympics after being disqualified for doping. In a 2006 interview, Johnson claimed that he was sabotaged by a “Mystery Man” inside the doping control room immediately following the 100 metres final in Seoul.
A colleague of mine recently had a conversation with a neighbour about eternity, and the neighbour said that he believed he was basically a good person who would go to heaven when he died because he hadn’t done really bad things. While there are an increasing number of people in Canada who say they don’t believe in life after death – this is nothing new: even the Sadducees believed that in Jesus’ day – there are still those who believe in heaven and hell and who believe that all good people go to heaven. The Bible very clearly teaches something different. In 1 John 1:8-9 the apostle writes “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 us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” We are not by nature good – we are by nature sinners – Romans 3:23 is clear about that. If we deny that, we deny our need for a Saviour and that has eternal consequences. How much better to confess our sin, and then trust Jesus to take them away.
These have been words from the heart.