He IS Faithful

17th May

But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

1 John 1:9

In some religions, when you do something wrong, you have to balance out your wickedness by doing acts of good deeds to compensate. In others, you have to do penance to receive forgiveness. In others still, sacrificial offerings are made to substitute for your sins. Yet, Christianity, is the only religion were you don’t have to do anything because it has already been done! All we need to do is confess to our God, our Creator and Our Saviour, what we have done wrong, ask for forgiveness and receive it! It’s as simple as that.

We are forgiven, not because of our eloquent words or ‘good deeds’ or penance, but because He is faithful and He is just to forgive us our sins. There is no way to confuse this. It is not because of us, or anyone else that we can be forgiven by God. It is only through the confession of our sin to Jesus, that we can be forgiven. He is merciful and kind, full of grace and love, and because He paid the highest price for our sins, we are forgiven.

Let us not be ashamed to confess when we do wrong. Let us not be too proud to receive the forgiveness of a loving Saviour. Let us rejoice in His forgiveness, redemption, restoration and cleansing. He is faithful. He is just. He is a GOOD GOOD GOD!

The Faithfulness Of God

8th May

If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is.

2 Timothy 2:13

Who is our God? Whom do you serve? An idol, an image, or an ideology? Perhaps your image of God, is merely a well meaning hope, wish or desire that there is some good in this world, or at least something more than we see in the world around us. If that is you, then there is good news! There is something more than we see around us, God is something more than idols, images or academic theology. He is the ruler, creator, sustainer and life giver of all that is in this world, and all outside of it. He is the reason you are breathing. He is the reason you are alive.

Yet who God is, His nature and character, doesn’t just stop at academic knowledge. It is personal. God wants us to know Him personally. He wants to show us that He is more than just our supreme, magnificent, almighty God, but that He is also our Father, our friend and our closest companion. He wants us to know that He is journeying with us in every step we take. He is by our side and will never leave us.

Paul also reminds us of this truth in his letter to Timothy, encouraging Timothy, that even when we are ‘unfaithful’ or ‘faithless’, He will stay faithful, because that is who He is. He cannot be something else, because God is truth, and in Him there is not deceit or falsehood. If He said He will be with us and never leave us, then He meant it. If He said He will be faithful, even if we are not, then He meant it.

God is faithful friends. That is the God we serve.