If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
We all have a few Bible verses that we call ‘Life Verses’ or favorites that encourage us tremendously in our faith. Bible Gateway published an article in January, listing the top ten most searched for verses. Starting with John 3:16, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Philippians 4:13 and Genesis 1:1 were in the top five. The next five were Proverbs 3:5, Proverbs 3:6, Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:6 and Matthew 28:19.
The article asked what verse was missing from the top ten lineup and it concluded that it was not listed until #19 . . . which is 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (Article:
Sin is all around us: we see it, hear it, experience it and are deeply thankful that Jesus took our sins upon Himself so that we might have eternal life. But do we stand firm against sin? Do we rationalize that it’s okay to sin because after all, we are forgiven? Do we have mind lists that categorize our sins as ‘BIG’ sins and ‘little’ sins? To God, sin is sin, no matter if it is adultery, murder, stealing or telling someone a “little white lie”.
God knew that as believers we would still sin. BUT because the Holy Spirit is now indwelling us, sin isn’t as much fun or as frequent. We feel convicted, guilty, regretful and beat ourselves up when we stumble. That is actually good news! A mark of belonging to God, is knowing sin for what it is. It sure isn’t from God but straight from His enemy. It’s time to confess and move on, not allowing satan to remind us of our short comings, but reminding the enemy of our forgiveness.
Are there sins you are trying to cover up instead of giving them up to the Lord? It might be time for a checkup: ask the Holy Spirit to reveal things He wants you to discontinue. And then ask for His help to refrain from sinful activity. And when you do sin, confess it right away so satan doesn’t step in and encourage you to continue. Sin no more and give God the glory.
“Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6
Lord, thank You for showing me the truth about my sins. Strengthen me with the Power of Your Holy Spirit to grow up and sin no more.
Trusting in the Lord,