GOOD NEWS ABOUT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
1 John 2:12-17 I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name . . . I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. . . . The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
The Great Exchange/Leadership Connection
PERCEPTION // What I see/hear God saying/doing:
I’m laid low and lifted high by the first line — “your sins have been forgiven.” God, is it possible You are this good?! My sins are many and they stink to high heaven. You know me, inside and out. I’m paralyzed (even if I appear to be functioning) if I’m still bearing this unbearable burden. I hate my own corruption. The relief I feel, the gratitude I owe You, is beyond words. If I’m forgiven of all that, then I can be that “father” who releases others.
PLAN // What I am going to do about it:
I am currently mentoring four young men who need to hear an authentic confession from a man (men don’t like to admit we’re wrong). They will hear mine this week, and, with the confidence that our God is radically forgiving and generously restoring, I will press them to do the same. I have some serious sins to confess (and so do they, I imagine) and the freedom of full forgiveness to experience.
PRAYER // Seal the deal:
My God, assure me of Your full forgiveness — and use me mightily to bless and build up the next generation.