“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).
The Bible tells us that in order to be in God’s kingdom, we must be overcomers (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26). To overcome means to stop sinning and start living in obedience to God’s commands. Yet God also knows that because we are human, we may occasionally slip up when fighting a sinful habit. And peace is often lost by those who doubt God’s faithfulness! Satan does his utmost to make us loose our faith in the Lord’s love as individuals.
But the Lord is sure to forgive if man will truly confess and repent. Faithfulness is one of the Lord’s outstanding qualities (1 Cor. 1:9; 10:13; 1 Thess. 5:24; 2 Tim. 2:13; Heb. 10:23). John stresses God’s fidelity with respect to forgiveness (Ex. 34:6, 7; Micah 7:19). Further, we need constantly to remind ourselves of the divine power that will keep us from falling (Jude 24), and when we do fall as a result of failing to use God’s power, we should come, repentant, to the throne of mercy for grace and pardon (Heb. 4:16; 1 John 2:1).
The Lord is always ready to forgive the repentant sinner, though He cannot forgive these sins in the sense of overlooking them. Confessed sins are borne by the Lamb of God (John 1:29). The gracious love of God accepts the repentant sinner, the confessed sin is taken away from him, and the sinner stands before the Lord covered with the perfect life of Christ (Col. 3:3, 9, 10). The sin has gone, and the sinner stands a new man in Christ Jesus.
The Lord not only forgives the repentant sinner but also cleanses him from all unrighteousness . When confessing his great sin, David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Ps. 51:10). The Lord requires moral perfection of His children (Matt. 5:48) and has made all provision whereby every sin may be successfully resisted and overcome (Rom. 8:1–4).
In His service,
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