1 John 1:8-10, “If we say that 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.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

Sin is a fact of life.  All of us sin.  All of us live contrary to the life that God intends us to live.  This is truth.  That has been truth ever since the fall of Adam and the fruit eaten by him and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

In 1 John, it is clear.  If we say you don’t sin, we are liars.  If we lie about not sinning, we make God to be a liar.  God is incapable of lying, so when God says that all sin, all sin.  Period.  That is the absolute truth.  No doubt.  Without a doubt, all live against God.  There is hope though.  That hope is in Jesus.

If we admit that we have sinned and confess those sins, God will forgive us and cleanse us.  God does not want us to live in sin.  He wants us to be saved from the pain and suffering of sin.  Why lie?  If God is willing to forgive sin, why say that we have not sinned?  Would it not be simpler to just ask for forgiveness and allow God to forgive so we can move on?

Why do we want to say we do not sin?  Is it pride?  Is it shame?  I think it is a little of both.  People do not want to admit fault.  Nobody wants to admit that they are wrong.  God says that we must admit we are wrong or He cannot forgive us.  Why live in sin any longer and face the possibility of separation from Him?  Why not let God fix us and remove the sin?

Jesus, God’s Son, came to fix the problem of sin.  God sent Jesus to remove the sting of sin and death.  Jesus came to be a buffer between us and God.  When God sees us through the lens of Jesus, we are perfect (sinless).  Only with Jesus are we sinless.  Nothing of ourselves makes us sinless.  We cannot be sinless on our own.

The time is now.  Admit sin and be forgiven.  If you have never done this, the time is today.  If you have done this before, continue to do so.  This is a daily process.  Sin occurs daily so forgiveness needs to occur daily.  Stay close to God.  God is near so allow God to help.  He will if you let Him.

Heavenly Father,

We sin.  We admit that we sin.  We are wretched, poor, pitiful and sad.  Thank You that the story does not end there.  You sent Your Son to exchange the wretched for blessed.  The poor for rich.  The pitiful for fortunate.  The sad for happy.  When Jesus died on the cross, He defeated sin.  Sin no longer has the power over us.  Help us to admit our sins.  I pray that all of us learn to trust in You and hand our sins to You.  You alone can remove the sin.  We owe all of us to You.  Thank You, Lord.  Thank You.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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