If We Confess Our Sins

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - If - 1 John 1:8-10 - If We Confess Our Sins - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – 1 John 1:8-10 – If We Confess Our Sins – Growing As Disciples

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)

Will Forgive Us

There is nothing that you can do to make yourself acceptable in my sight. You can’t clean yourself up and wash away your own sin. You can’t do heroic deeds of service to try to earn my favor. You can’t honestly say that you will try harder to not sin against me in the future. You will sin again and again. There is absolutely no hope in your own efforts. Even trying to make yourself acceptable in my sight is a sin. Why is that? Don’t I get any credit for trying to do and be better? No, you don’t receive any credit for trying hard to make yourself acceptable in my sight. This sounds really depressing. It sounds like there is no hope for me. That’s not true. What is the truth?

I sent my son into the world to die for you. He made it so your sins could be forgiven and you could be cleansed of all your unrighteousness. If you could have earned my forgiveness and cleansing would I have sent my Son into the world to die for your sins? No, I suppose not. When you try to clean yourself of your sin what are you really saying to me? I’m probably saying that you made a mistake. I suppose I’m saying that your Son didn’t need to die for my sins. Do you think I make mistakes? No, I guess not. 

Your forgiveness and cleansing is a gift to receive. You cannot earn your salvation. If you try to earn your forgiveness and cleansing by your works what else are you really saying to me? I guess that I might be saying that your Son’s sacrifice on the cross was not enough. Do you really think my Son’s death on the cross was not enough payment for your sins? Do you really think that your feeble acts of service are an important addition to what my Son has already done for you? No, I guess not.

Do you want to receive forgiveness and cleansing of all your sins? Yes, I do want to receive forgiveness and cleansing of all my sins. Then there is something you must do? What’s that? Turn your life over to me. Confess your sins to me. Receive your forgiveness and cleansing for your all sins from me. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I know I am a sinner. I have sinned against you in thought, word and deed. There is nothing I can do to make myself clean and acceptable in your sight. Thank you for paying for my sins on the cross. I confess my sins to you. You are my Savior and Lord. Amen

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Confess Our Sins

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 89 - 1 John 1:8-10- Confess Our Sins - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 89 – 1 John 1:8-10- Confess Our Sins – Growing As Disciples

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)

Examined

I must admit that I have never liked to be examined. I have never looked forward to being under examination. Why is that? Being examined might reveal a problem. So, would you rather not know if you have a problem? Has ignoring a problem ever made it go away or get better, be resolved or fixed? You have asked me two very good questions. If I ignore the thought that I might have a problem, then it will never be resolved or fixed or made better. I will simply live under vague unresolved stress because deep down I will know that I have an unresolved issue in my life. It is far better to know if I have a problem, than to ignore the possibility that I might have a problem. Are there any other reasons you might want to avoid an examination? I’m sure that pride plays a factor. How so? My pride might say that I have no need to be examined. It might try to suggest to me that if there is a problem it lies with someone else and certainly not with me. How likely is that? That a problem in my life most certainly lies with someone else? Yes. Not likely. If I suspect that there is a problem in my life, it certainly lies with me in part, at a minimum. That is good for you to admit. What is another reason you might want to resist, or delay being examined? Being examined might be painful. It might hurt to see the nature of my problem. Will living with a problem be better than resolving a problem? No, certainly not. That is also good for you to knowledge.

We have been talking about an examination of a problem. What is your problem? My problem is that I have sinned. My problem is that I will sin. My problem is that I am a sinner that is in need of your forgiveness and cleansing. Will it help you to ignore your sin? Not at all. Will it hurt you to come under my examination? No, you are kind and loving and forgiving. It is your desire to forgive, cleanse and heal my life. Will you allow me to examine your life? Will you ask me if there are any specific sins that you need to confess to me? Yes, I will. Will you freely confess your sins to me? Yes, I will. How often will you come to me and ask me to examine your life? Every day. How often will you confess your sins to me? Everyday. That is very good. Then you will live under my forgiveness and cleansing. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will make no attempt to fool myself or you. I will make no claims that I have not sinned. I have sinned and will sin. There is no doubt. Yes, I do need and ask for your forgiveness of my sin. Thank you for forgiving my sin and cleansing my unrighteousness. Amen

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