“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
Reading: 1 John 1:1-10
As we come to the end of another week, it is fitting for us to confess our sins. We have failed to render to God the perfect obedience which is His due, and we have not loved Him with perfect love in the days that have passed. We have not shown to our brothers in Christ the love that God’s law requires, and we have not given that testimony in word and in life to all men which our Lord desires of us. Perhaps we do not feel that we can say with Paul that we are pure from the blood of all men, for unlike him we have not borne faithful witness to all the counsel of God in the opportunities given us (Acts 20:26-27).
But if our sins accuse us and shake us and threaten to ruin our sleep tonight, we who have by grace trusted in Christ as our Savior from sin are not left without help. We have heard the joyful sound of the Gospel. We know that the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses His people from all sin. We have been given the promise that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We fail, but our Lord never fails. We may be unfaithful, but He abides faithful. Our great God and Savior loves and saves to the uttermost poor and needy sinners like us.
Skilton, John H. Think on These Things: Bible Truths for Faith and Life. Philadelphia: Skilton House – Sowers, 1986.