If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.” 1 John 1:8-10
Don’t save your confessions for an allotted time slot, you will rack up too many to remember. An evil deed, evil words and even evil thoughts are all sins and we battle with them from hour to hour some days. Rather, as you commit a sin, open your mind and your heart to him right then and there and ask for forgiveness.
I thought it was a bit cheesy when it was popular, but the saying WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) plays through my head constantly now. We are to live our lives as Christ did. Although our inherit sinful nature will never allow us to be just like him, we are still commanded to try. Jesus was perfect. He didn’t judge, place undo blame, seek justice, become uncaring or complacent. He was not jealous, or haughty. He was not lazy or sought personal gain and pleasures.
He was our very Creator walking among us and we spat on him, ripped his body to shreds, tortured him and murdered him. We crucified the love of God. And what did he give us for it? A chance at an eternity in heaven with Him! Eternal happiness, peace, and love.
What do we do when someone hurts us? Do we offer them nothing but kindness in thought, words and deeds? Or do we curse, fight, hold a grudge and pull away? I know I do, and in doing so I am not doing what Jesus would have done. This is when I must ask for forgiveness.Tags: Confession, forgiveness, Jesus
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