If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts]. If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]. If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts]. 1 John 1:8-10 (Amplified Bible)
Are you a follower of Christ who struggles with having a victorious daily walk with the Lord?
If so, it may be because of the sin of un-forgiveness.
God cannot violate his perfect nature and overlook our sin. Un-forgiveness is a common stronghold the devil has in the lives of many of God’s children. We believe lies about forgiveness and live according to those lies.
You do not need to be perfect before Christ forgives you and welcomes you into His kingdom. He loves you the way you are… and wants to empower you to forgive others, to be forgiven by others, and to accept the forgiveness He freely offers you.
We’re all ready to admit that, but most of us use it as an excuse not to do better and don’t understand what that means to the reality of life.
When we say, “I’m only human,” it’s only true in the sense that we’re only fallen humans. We are not what we were created to be.
When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Romans 5:12 NLT
We were created to be in close relationship with our Creator. We were created to not be separated from God, His creation, our partners, and ourselves and yet this is our reality.
Since sin came into the world, we have been separated from our true identities. We are separated from others and separated from creation.
Perhaps most importantly, we are separated from the one who created us and saw every one of our days before one of them came to be.
But that changes when you admit you’ve fallen short… admit that you’ve sinned. The Bible says when we confess our sins; God will forgive us and cleanse us.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. 1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)
This is what happens when you tell God you’re sorry and decide to live your life with the knowledge that Jesus is in the driver’s seat of your life.
When your life doesn’t line up with Scripture, you change your life so that it does. You don’t ignore what the Bible says or complain, “It’s too difficult.” If God wants you to do something, He’ll empower you to do it.
Now some of you are saying “I already knew all that.” Great. Maybe you need to share it with someone else today?
But I do want you to ask yourself, “Have I worked out its implication into every area of my life?”
If you have started, then God can empower you to do the difficult things we are going to discuss over the next few days. They are part of His will, so He’ll help you to do them.
Lord, Thank you for Your forgiveness. Thank You that as I confess my sins to You, You are faithful and just to forgive me my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Thank You, Holy Spirit, that You empower me to do the will of God. Thank You for preparing me for a deeper walk with You.
Thank God for forgiving you of your confessed sins. Thank Him for forgiving the ones you remember. Thank Him for forgiving the ones that you’ve since forgot. Ask God if you need to forgive someone else.
I choose to forgive everyone who has wronged me. I choose to seek the forgiveness of those I have wronged. I choose to accept I have been forgiven of my confessed sin. I choose to walk in the freedom forgiveness brings.
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