What joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.—So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!—Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.
Keep your servant from deliberate sins!Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.—Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!
Ps.32:2NLT; I Jn.1:6,7ESV; Ps.32:11NLT; Prov.29:6NLT; Ps. 19:13NLT; Ps.139:23,24NLT; Rom 6:17-18 ESV; Ps. 144:15 ESV
Sin looks like freedom to choose but it enslaves. Righteousness can look like restriction; it can even be painful, but it frees. Our heavenly Father disciplines us in love in order to produce the peaceable fruit of righteousness. He is a good, good Father and the very best Master to serve. And the rewards are beyond anything the world can offer, among them is JOY!
‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Mt.25:23ESV