Monday, July 25, 2022

Davidman: the burden of sin

Monday, July 25, 2022
    Feast of James the Apostle
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
    —1 John 1:9 (NIV)
    Nowadays the conviction of sin is widely misunderstood—secularists pity Christians, whom they picture as men bowed to the ground under an enormous burden of self-condemnation, men who go around all the time feeling guilty. Actually, of course, as anyone who has experienced conversion knows, the Christian is the only man who does not go around all the time feeling guilty. For him, sin is a burden he can lay down; he can admit, repent, and be forgiven. It is the unfortunate creature who denies the existence of sin in general, or his own in particular, who must go on carrying it forever.
    ... Joy Davidman (1915-1960), Smoke on the Mountain, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955, reprint, Westminster John Knox Press, 1985, p. 113 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 1:7-9; Matt. 11:29-30; 26:28; Acts 2:38; Heb. 8:8-12; Jas. 5:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, the forgiveness of my sins has made me free.
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