Tag Archives: 1 John 1:8-10

Repentance

Father, I am grateful that You are there, in the good and the bad times. Even when I am foolish, You never give up on me. Thank You for Your forgiveness and love. Amen.

1 John 1:8-10 (<<click here)

Lord, I must address this particular passage again. I am telling You nothing new when I admit to not being perfect. There is not a single person who has ever walked this planet (with the exception of Yourself) who was perfect. We say things and think things and do things that are not in Your will for us to say, think and do. Sometimes they are mistakes and other times temptation overwhelms us and we yield instead of standing strong in You.

It may be foolish to allow ourselves to fall but it is more foolish still to avoid confessing our sin and pretending that You didn’t notice…for You see it all. “If we claim to have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves…”

We may be unfaithful but I am grateful that You are “faithful” and also that You too are “just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse up from all wickedness.”

We must never let anyone tell us that we have crossed that line one too many times. You are always there to forgive us. Obviously, the goal is to not sin and to not just do so with the idea that You’ll forgive us anyway but may we never hesitate to admit our failure and come to You in true humility and repentance.

Also, Lord, help us to be fully aware that absolutely no one, no matter who they are, is incapable of sinning. We have this great tendency to place people on pedestals. Only You, Lord, should be held in that high regard. We are fallible. You alone are infallible.

You, Lord, are worthy of our adoration for You are our creator and savior. We would be lost without You. All praise to You!

Mar 31st, Fri, 5:19 am

Forgiven – Past, Present, and Future

Father, I would pray that You would corral my thoughts, they seem to be scattered all around. Help me to focus on You and what You have for me this day. Amen.

1 John 1:8-10 (<<click here)

Lord, as I have read these verses and have read the notes in my study Bible* it has given me reason to pause and think. I have believed the different elements but have not really put them together this way. First, when You gave Your life on the cross it was a once and for all sacrifice

“For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.” Hebrews 10:10

Every sin committed against you in all of time as been atoned for- they are forgiven. That includes every person from Adam to the last person that will be born before the final judgment at the end of time. But it is fuller than even that, and I guess I had never thought it out this way before but it also includes every sin I have ever committed, as well as, every sin I will commit in the future. All my sins have been forgiven! Praise Your Holy Name!

Secondly, then, the forgiveness is awesomely wonderful but John very clearly here in verses 8-9 states,

“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 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.”

So all of my sins have been forgiven – past, present, and future – but just because I’ve been forgiven doesn’t mean I don’t still need to repent and seek forgiveness. Here is how my study Bible* puts it,

“This kind of confession is not offered to gain God’s acceptance but to remove the barrier to fellowship that [my] sin has put between [myself] and him.”

The barriers we erect must be taken eradicated and only Christ can do that! Lord, there is empowerment in knowing that my sins are forgiven. Knowing that You have forgiven every sin I have committed or ever will commit is…well, it’s stunning! You did it all for me! You believe in me! You want me to succeed in serving You. Lord, help me to be more and more like You. Empower me to overcome temptation when it comes my way. Help me to live victoriously because You have made it possible! Amen – so bet it!

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Mar 29th, Wed, 6:46 am