He Is Faithful and Just

22nd January

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

There are no truer words than these written by John in his letter to the believers. Simply put, when we ask God for His forgiveness through Jesus, we are forgiven, because God is great, full of grace and mercy and He is faithful. Moreover, He does not just forgive our sins but cleanses from all the guilt and condemnation that comes with it. It is like every time we ask God for forgiveness, He gives us another chance and washes our account clean. What grace!

Sometimes, we may still have to face the consequences of our actions, but even there, God is pouring His grace over us, to restore what was broken and damaged and to lift us up out of the holes we may have dug ourselves into.

Today’s encouragement is to simply believe, that if you have confessed your sins to Almighty God with a true and honest heart, then you are forgiven. Period. Trust that a great exchange took place – your sin at the foot of the cross exchanged for forgiveness by Jesus’ atoning sacrifice. It is through Jesus’ sacrifice that we find our forgiveness. You don’t have to stay in the condemnation of your sin, but can be free; Free to live fully for Christ. Free to not have to carry your sinful baggage around with you. Free from condemnation and guilt. It is God’s promise. He is faithful to forgive and also to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Rise up from the ashes. Take courage. You are a forgiven child of God. Your identity is in Christ, and not in what sin and the enemy has labelled you to be.

He Is Faithful and Just

8th January

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

1 John 1:9

Confession of sin is multifaceted, but there is a core principle. It is not sorrow, guilt, or shame. It is agreement. The Greek translation for “confess” is made of two words: homos means “same,” and lego means “say or speak.” So, to confess means “to say the same thing as.” As who? As God! We don’t inform God of our sins by confessing them. He already knows what we have done. Our greatest need is to humbly agree with Him: “Father, You call what I did ‘sin’ and I agree with You.”1

Yet it doesn’t end there. We don’t confess/agree with God so He can tell us off or make us feel bad. We do so, because we have full confidence that God wants to make right our wrongs and ‘cleanse us from all wickedness’. God is our loving Father, who freely wants to pour His grace upon us and set us free from the things that separate us from Him. As John says, ‘He is faithful and just’.

Yes we acknowledge and accept that what we have done is wrong according to God’s holy standards but we also acknowledge that He has the power to forgive and the love and grace to release us from the condemnation that our sin brings. Praise God for His grace. He knows when we sin, but loves us nevertheless. Thank you Jesus for Your gift of forgiveness.

1Taken from Turning Point Daily Devotional (7/01/2016)