Each week this year, I have memorized a Scripture verse (or verses). This week’s verses are 1 John 1:8,9…
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
In these verses, we – Christians included – are assured we will – and do – sin. But, in these verses, we are also offered of forgiveness for our sins. That forgiveness is available to us:
- if we confess our sins to those we have sinned against. Every sin is a sin against God, so we must always confess our sins to God… naming them, specifically, as detailed as we can. But, if we have sinned against others – either individuals or a group – whether we know them well or not at all, we must confess our sin against them as well.
- because God is faithful… and just. From His faithfulness and justice, He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. From His grace and mercy, He will wipe the slate clean.
We are still close enough to Christmas that a Christmas verse might be appropriate here. This verse is actually a prophecy, from the Old Testament prophet, Isaiah: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6)
Did you notice how the announcement in that verse was given? It explains why Jesus came! “FOR unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is GIVEN;…” Jesus came so you and I could be forgiven!