Forgiveness Heals

Day 2 of 5 • This day’s reading


God Forgives You

1 John 1:8-9

Some people have a problem acknowledging their sin. However, God's Word is clear: we deceive ourselves if we deny that we have sinned, if we deny that we have a root and force of sin within us. We deceive ourselves if we say that we do not need the Son of God to deliver us from sin and its guilt. Remember: the Son of God came to die for our sins, and it is His blood that cleanses us from sin. Therefore, if we confess our sins, God will forgive our sins. And he will do even more: He not only will forgive us for the sins we know about and confess, He will purify us from all unrighteousness.

To purify us from all unrighteousness means that God cleanses us from all the dirt, filth, and contamination of sin. We stand before God sinless and perfect, because we believe in Jesus Christ and confess that we are sinners who trust the blood of God's Son to purify our sins. 

How do we know that God will forgive our sins and purify us? Because God is faithful and righteous; therefore, He will keep His Word. He will do exactly what He says. God will forgive any repentant sinner who truly turns away from sin and turns to Him in repentance and faith. When we confess our sins to God, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. This is His promise to us.

Study Questions:

  • Do you confess your sins to God?

  • Is it hard for you to accept the forgiveness of God in your own life?

  • Do you trust that God is faithful and righteous to forgive you of any sin?