Today is January 3, 2019

Verse of the Day — 1 John 1:8

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.


Believers still sin!


Our ever-present pride and ego work hard trying to make maturing Christians think they’re doing pretty well, getting a handle on life, and keeping the Lord first in most things. But the Bible says no, we’ll never “arrive” at our ultimate destination until we eventually shed these skins of sin and go to heaven.

The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; —Jeremiah 17:9

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. —Romans 3:23

The Greek word “sinned” used above in Romans 3:23 is in the present-active tense and means that we continue sinning and continue to fall short of God’s perfection. That’s why God also tells us:

If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. —1 John 1:10


Dear Compass,

Is there any scriptural basis for believing that loved ones who have died and gone to heaven are looking down upon us and seeing what we are doing on this earth?


The only verse we can find that comes even close is in Revelation where martyrs for the Lord are apparently watching the earth and questioning how long before God avenges their being slain for their testimony.

. . . I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the Word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, wilt Thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, should be completed also. —Revelation 6:9-11

Whether or not we are included in the above “righteousness” is not clear. But if you are concerned that your mother or father or whomever who has passed away is now looking down and seeing your wonderful walk (or is being extremely bothered by all your sin :-), that’s probably not the case.

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. —Psalm 103:12


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