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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quiet Time: No Fear with God's Forgiveness

No Fear with God’s Forgiveness

 (1 John 1: 9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

There is no fear with God's forgiveness because He wants to forgive us and is willing to take us just as we are. Furthermore, God doesn't save us while we are in our sin only to leave us when we sin again. To the contrary, He wipes out our sins past, present, and future, and uses our repentance and His forgiveness to draw us back to Himself.

 “If we confess our sins” – when we agree with God’s estimation of ourselves we are confessing that we have sinned in a specific way. There's really no reason not to tell Him the whole sordid truth. After all, we are telling Him what He already knows.

“He is faithful” – litterally, God is unchanging in His passion for us, unswerving in His positioning our hearts to fellowship with Him, unwavering in His purpose to forgive us, and unrelenting in His power to keep us..

He is “righteous” – (dē'-kī-os) innocent, faultless, guiltless; wholly conformed to the will of God. Jesus is everything we are not.

“to forgive us our sins” – (Romans 6:23 the wages of sin…) (2 Cor. 5:21He Who knew no sin…) (Romans 3:22-24 even the righteousness of God…) These verses remind us of how far God is willing to go because of His love for us. And He wanted us to be His children before we wanted Him to be our Father.

To “cleanse us from all unrighteousness” – because of Jesus blood we are now cleansed from our guilt, faults, failures, and He is presently in the process of conforming us to the will of God. (Phil. 2:13).

Fearing God's wrath so much that we become afraid to confess and repent is foolish. God knew us and loved us before we began to walk with Him. He knows how imperfect we can be and will be, but His desire is to draw us closer each day. We were created to walk with God and repentance on our part and forgiveness on His part makes it all possible.

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