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"It matters a great deal who is going to win, but not at all who won"

Willie John McBride, Irish Rugby player

Free from sin

He appeared so that he might take away our sins 1 John 3:5

John has a lovely way of expressing an encouraging truth to bless us and then adding a sting in the tail – “so what are you going to do about it”.

We are all sinful people. Sin sounds such an old-fashioned religious word. Remember the Greek word for sin is Hamartia, literally to miss the target (to shoot and miss the hoop, to overstep the line, to serve a double fault, to false start etc). Sin is to miss the target in a moral sense, to fall short of the standard. We are done sinned – that is the bad news. The good news is that Jesus has come to take away sin – to take away out guilt and punishment and to set us free. In the next verse he writes that we live in Christ. What an amazing thought!

Then John continues: “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning”. John challenges us to live in a way that pleases God. He challenges us not to keep in sinning. All of us have areas in our lives where we are weak and have a tendency to keep failing. John challenges us to do something about it. With God’s help

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