August 9, 2021
Scripture: If we say 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. 1 John 1:8-9 ESV
Observation: In this his first epistle, John focuses on critical elements of a fruitful Christian journey. As an introduction, he establishes that Jesus is the “word of life” and “the light,” and hence we are to walk in his light and practice the truth (verses 6-7). But how do we practice the truth? The above verses provide the answer: acknowledge our sins and confess them.
Takeaway: For some of us, it easy to recognize our sinfulness (perhaps to a fault). For those raised in a legalistic environment, it may be more difficult. But when we do, it will lift a heavy load off our minds and hearts. We will feel “cleansed” and “right” with God. So to whom do we confess our sins? It begins with looking inward to ourselves (telling ourselves the truth instead of holding on to our idealized images of ourselves). We then turn our focus upward to the One who “cleanses us from all unrighteous” and will not remember (revisit) our sins (Isaiah 43:25). Lastly, we look outward to those against whom we have sinned and ask for forgiveness and invite reconciliation.
Prayer: Father God, instill in us a deeper understanding of your grace, that we might freely confess our sins knowing that there is no condemnation and hence see our way forward by your Son’s light. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling