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.
— 1 John 1:8-9 NIV

Sin—something every person from the beginning of time has struggled with except for Jesus. The reason Jesus came to this earth was to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins so that if we put our faith in Him, we could live with Him for eternity. In this first verse, John addresses those that see themselves in perfect light or void of sin; therefore, he acknowledges that we all sin, even the “best” Christians. I want to encourage you to take a moment and evaluate your heart. Is there a sin you have been struggling with but desperately want to be freed from it? Do you struggle with gossip? Or lust? If the answer to these questions is yes, I want you to know this: where there is sin, there is immeasurably more grace to be received.   

no end to forgiveness

In verse 9, John says that when we confess our sins, Jesus is there waiting to wash us clean and make us pure again. Isn’t that the greatest news?! There is never an end to the Lord’s forgiveness. His heart is for His children to draw near to Him, to love Him with all their heart, and to walk in obedience to His commands. Jesus desires to be your friend and to give you the Holy Spirit so that you will have a helper to guide you in this world. Throughout our spiritual journey, it is important to evaluate our heart and lay our sins down before the Lord so that we may walk in all that He has for us. 

When we begin to look at our sin, it is easy to let shame and guilt come in and settle on our heart. BUT here is the good news: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 8:1) You don’t have to live under shame, but instead you get to live in the love and forgiveness of our Father. Now, you also get to extend that same grace our Father gives us to everyone around you. We are not meant to keep what we receive to ourselves—we are called to share it with those around us! You have a great hope inside of you that Jesus wants to show the world. 

pray

Father,

I pray you reveal to me any sin that I am carrying and I lay it before you. I ask that you cleanse me of all my unrighteousness and draw me in closer to you. May you fill me up with your love.

Amen. 

- Kayley Anderkin