Verse of the Day – Dec. 6, 2023

Verse of the Day – Dec. 6, 2023

December 06, 2023 – Wednesday 

1 John 1:8-10    ESV 

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. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 

1 John 1:8-10    NIV 

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.10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 

Comments 

This past Friday and Monday the verses discussed were Ephesians 1:13 and 14 respectively although together on Monday, 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory (ESV). Then on Tuesday the verses from Ephesians 2:1-3 were discussed, And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind (ESV). 

Today we will look at a major part of how we are forgiven, especially looking at 1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That along with the warning that precedes it, If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us and the warning that follows it, 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. We cannot lie to ourselves or to God and expect to be forgiven. And we are surely lying if we say we have no sin or if we say we have not sinned. There is only one who has not sinned and that is Jesus of Nazareth.  

So, what are we to do? We must do as verse 9 states and trust God for His forgiveness, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Until we truly repent and confess our sins to God asking Jesus to be our Savior, we cannot experience God’s forgiveness. But when we do, Romans 10:13 tells us 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 

That is not the end of the story we must also be about the business of forgiving others, as in Matthew 6:14-15, 14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses and in Mark 11:25, 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. And Psalm 66:18 reminds us as to why confession is so important, 18 If I had cherished [hid]iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened

You don’t need to be any place special or act in some special way, you simply pray to God for His forgiveness. We all have direct access to God and His forgiveness is personal between you and God. You might think you cannot be forgiven, but Paul (formerly Saul) called himself the ‘chief’ (or greatest) of sinners, yet he was forgiven and made an apostle to the Gentiles (most of us).  Then there was King David, who was called a man after God’s own heart. He was an adulterer, took another man’s wife, and sent her husband to certain death. David confessed and believed God had forgiven him in Psalm 32:5, I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.  

Bottom Line: Confession is good for the soul …. and essential for God’s forgiveness. Forgiving others their trespasses against you and your loved ones is also good for the soul, quit renting out space in your head to them. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for hearing my heartfelt confessions and for Your forgiveness. Help me to continue to forgive those who have trespassed against me. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

RileyD, nwJ      

D. Driver – Pastor          

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