If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done. 1 John 1:8-9 (NCV)
By not listening to Terry’s advice, I broke my finger a few years ago. The injury was more inconvenient than disabling. You find out just how many times a day you bump your hand when it’s sore. After a couple of days off, I returned to my duties. My broken finger was carefully bandaged in an attempt to keep out germs, but also in an attempt to pad my sore, throbbing, broken finger.
Painfully aware of my finger, I moved with caution to care for my patients. It was as I assisting a patient to the bathroom, the trouble started. She sat on the side of her bed as I reached for her walker. “Ohhh!” I grunted, as I smacked my sore finger on her walker. My arm recoiled without a thought. I took a deep breath, regained my composure and reached for the walker again. I whapped my finger again, “Ouch!” this time my cry was a bit louder. The patient looked at me and apologized. “It’s not your fault,” I said, “I can’t stop hitting my sore finger!” I chuckled a bit to avoid crying and tried again. The third time was not the charm and I hit my finger AGAIN. This time, I had to leave the patient’s room so I could I walk it off in the hall.
Do you struggle with sin you just can’t not do? Have you tried to muster up the will to avoid doing that thing, thinking that thought or embracing that attitude only to find yourself, doing it, thinking it or feeling it? Have you prayed, promised and gritted your teeth in an effort to do better?
If you are in the group of “repeat offenders”, you are one of Satan’s prime targets. Do any of these words sound familiar:
Wow! What a loser. God’s not going to forgive you this time.
You did it again, you must not have been sorry enough last time.
I thought you said you weren’t going to do that again.
Why do you think God would forgive you when you can’t stop.
If you hear those words or words like them when you fail, it’s not God saying them to you.
God’s ocean of forgiveness is bottomless. God never turns away a call for forgiveness. You’re friends, family and co-workers my keep a list of your faults and failures. YOU may keep a list of your failures. God never does. God is not like man; be glad!
God sent His only Son to die to provide the perfect sacrifice for your sin. God made the ultimate sacrifice so He offers ultimate forgiveness. Take note, there is not qualification in the passage John wrote. If you say you don’t sin, you’re fooling yourself. If you confess your sin, God is trustworthy and complete in His forgiveness; every time. The first forgiveness is the same as the 100th or 1,000th.
Christ’s blood is enough. That is the truth Satan doesn’t want you to embrace. There is power in Christ’s blood! If you don’t “feel” forgiven stop listening to the lie and imbed the truth in your mind; if you confess your sin God WILL cleans you from ALL the wrong you’ve done. Don’t cower in guilt and shame; RUN to God for forgiveness – it works every time!