Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” vss. 8-9

1 John 1:8-2:2

For some these words are so familiar that we’re almost surprised to see them pop up in a portion of mostly unfamiliar scripture. For congregations that use a weekly service of confession and absolution to begin worship, these verses invite us into a silent time of personal confession that for most is not nearly long enough. They are a precise description of how we can deal with the sin that stalks us every day of our lives. Their author did not tell his readers to stop sinning! Instead he told them to stop fooling themselves. They are sinners, through and through, and there is nothing they can do to avoid sinning. But rather than scolding about imperfect ways of thinking and doing, John offers a simple formula for peace and reconciliation. There’s only one thing to do! If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive all of our sins. We will be cleansed from all of our unrighteousness. And what is amazing about this promise is that it actually works! When confession is honest and sincere, it will be followed immediately by a deep sense of relief and peace. These aren’t just words! With confession we are enlightened and set free from all the demons of our personal dark places.

Thought for the Day: How do I feel when I sincerely confess?


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