1 John 1:8-10
Memorise 1 John 1:9
“…he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin.”
The Apostle John wrote the Epistle of 1 John when he was very old! Why did he write the Epistle? In 1:4 he explains, “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” It’s obvious that God wants us to be joyful as the Apostle Peter wrote, “…joy unspeakable and fully of glory”! Can we be full of this joy, if we constantly worry about our sin, and continue to feel the condemnation of God upon us, even after we have repented? Can we ever sin so much that God no longer wants to forgive us?
In verse 8, he wrote, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”. No one can say that he has no sin. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Yes it is true that even after we are saved, we may still sin from time to time, and there are times when we feel that we have sinned so badly, that there can no longer be any redemption for us.
But then verse 9 assures us and gives us the comfort, that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
God’s word is full of reassurance like these! Keep them close to your heart and you will find great comfort for your soul. Look to the Lamb of God! There is a place for introspection in the Christian life, but too much introspection just produces a Christian who is morbidly depressed! Focus on God rather than yourself. Remember David. Remember Peter. Have you committed the sins of adultery and murder like David? Have you openly denied Jesus like Peter? God forgave them. Can He forgive you of your many sins? His abundant mercies are higher than heaven and deeper than the ocean. You can’t get over it or under it!
Dear reader, God can break every fetter. That is how powerful our God is. Not only is He merciful to forgive us our sins if we genuinely confess them and are repentant but also powerful to break every bondage of sin. Come in brokenness and He will mightily forgive, cleanse and restore.
Thought: His love is greater than our sins!
Prayer: Lord, You forgave David, as You forgave Peter, since they had genuine repentance. Help me not to sin; but when I do, help me to have this tender conscience, that I will repent and come back to You.