Have you ever committed a sin and wish you hadn’t? We are human and we do occasionally commit a sin, but did you know that every sin we commit is actually a sin against God? I committed a sin yesterday and sure wish I could take it all back, but I can’t.
There is a verse that I am real thankful for and it is this:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to… cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The sins referred to are those committed after conversion. How do we know? Because the following verse says, If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and His word is not in us. Just because His word is in us, doesn’t stop us from committing sin. Why? Because we are still human. We will not be throughly cleansed from all sin until we die or once we are raised in the resurrection.
We are all sinners, and even after conversion we tend to continue to transgress God’s will, not willingly, but through accident and weakness. I went through a period of trying to justify what I had done but that didn’t work for me at all. I still had the guilt and even more so once I realized that I was trying to hide my sin.
But thankfully, once I acknowledged my sin, and stopped trying to hide my guilt, Jesus forgave me and even took away the guilt. He scrubbed away all the guilt, just as if He had given me a bath and soaked my original sin in His pure water.
It is when we try to hide our sin that we get into more trouble because we do not gain anything by doing that, except more sin. If, from a deep sense of our guilt, impurity, and helplessness, we humble ourselves before God, He is very generous and merciful in His love toward us, because He doesn’t want to see us all dirty and stained up anymore than we want to be dirty and stained up.
Our salvation depends on promises like these. If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God Himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, cleanses our sin.
All unrighteousness is sin no matter how you slice it or dice it but it is our birthright to be cleansed from sin. It is the law of those who walk in a Spirit filled life with Jesus living inside because Jesus died to save us from the law of sin and death. We don’t want to offend Him. He is faithful too His promises. He will do what He has assured us He will do in remitting them. Christ is always standing there, waiting with open arms to forgive us because He is right now, the officiating High Priest in our behalf. He is faithful!
Thank God He is faithful.