By Pastor Mark Jordan
“But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong.” (1 John 1:9, CEB)
There is such a great promise in today’s verse, isn’t there? If we confess our sins and everything we’ve done wrong, God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us. Let the wonder of that verse wash over you this morning and restore your faith.
Let’s break this down a little, shall we?
First off, we see there is an act of confession. Before that, I presume, must be an acknowledgement. You must acknowledge that you have sinned against God and missed the target for how God wants you to live. There is power in that acknowledgement, isn’t there? It probably carries some conviction, but remember that isn’t condemnation! And this is why…
Our sins and mistakes can tear us up, can’t they? We grieve them, leaving our souls feeling splintered, shattered. God knows this, and has a plan…it comes down to justice.
When the Scripture refers to justice, it mean, to make whole. When God is described as just, it means He is whole. God’s goal, therefore, is to make you whole. This comes through forgiveness. When God forgives you, He redeems your past mistakes, and restores you for future effective ministry. He does this through Jesus, which makes all the sense in the world. NOW, you are no longer defined by your sinful past, but your relationship with Christ!
Have you made mistakes, mini or many? Do you feel splintered, shattered? Acknowledge your sin. Believe in Jesus who forgives. Confess those sins, and accept God’s cleansing grace. He is holy and whole, longing to make you holy and whole, too.
Dear Lord, may it be so.