If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
God is faithful! Scripture declares it. Jesus’ life demonstrates it. We’ve experienced it. We cherish this promise of forgiveness and purification from God, especially when things don’t turn out as they should. So when Satan does trip us with temptation, or when we are weak or rebellious, isn’t it comforting that we can be forgiven and made clean again? God wants us to call our sin what he calls it. (To “confess” means to “say the same” thing about sin as God does!) Incredibly, God does more than forgive us. He also cleanses us. We are made new, fresh, pure, and holy once again! That is more than being faithful and just; it’s his being overwhelmingly gracious.
Father, I do not have adequate words to express my appreciation for your gracious forgiveness and cleansing of me. I am grieved over my weaknesses, stumblings, and rebellions. I deeply regret disappointing you. Thank you for welcoming me back into your presence and reminding me that I am your beloved child. Please empower me to grow past my failures and to mature more fully into the holiness of your Son, Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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