Sunday Devotional: 1 John 1:9

“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)

This is one of the most well known verses in the Bible.  I remember as a kid memorizing this verse for Bible Drill.  And while it is a simple verse, it is also a profound verse.  It is a reminder of God’s faithfulness and our reliance on Him.  Even though we may be following after Jesus, there are times when we still mess up.  There are times when we fail and sin.  But the awesome thing is that it doesn’t end there.  If we repent and confess our sins to Jesus, he is willing and faithful to forgive us.  He is willing and faithful to clean us up.

It is that assurance we have as followers of Jesus that we have such a blessing.  We get to have a renewed relationship with God because of who Jesus is and what He’s done.  We just have to trust Him and follow after Him.  But even in those times when we fail, He’s merciful and gracious to us again and again if we just repent and turn back to Him.

This week, let us be mindful of that.  Let us share that love with others and let them know about how God is willing to forgive sin if we are willing to repent and confess to Him our need of repentance and our need of a Savior.

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