FORGIVENESS 2

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn 1.9)"

Because of all the papers and reports I write it may seem like I don't sin. But I just sinned.

A person is not a saint because he never sins, but because he doesn't habitually sin, or live in and enjoy it without feeling any remorse over it. A sinner, on the other hand, loves their sin feeling no guilt or remorse over it.

The holy Spirit inside a believers heart is grieved when we sin, causing us to feel guilty. When this happens we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. "If we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn 1.9)." for "He is the propitiation (payment) for our sin and the sins of the whole world (1Jn 2.1-2)."

It's a wonderful privilege for believers to confess our sin to God. Non-believers, however, do not have the privilege of calling upon the Lord until they have been saved by believing on Christ (Jn 1.12, 6.47 & Acts 16.31). For, "How shall they call on him in whom they have not believed (Rom 10.14a)? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they are sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things (Rom 10.14b - 15)."

Christ has ordained us that we go and bring forth fruit (Jn 15.16) by preaching the gospel and teaching them that believe to do the same, as He has commanded us (Mk 16.15 & Mt 28.20). It's really simple to do. Just ask another if they have heard the good news and tell them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4)." This is the gospel and it saves every one that believes (Rom 1.16).

Believers have the privilege of calling upon the name of the Lord for any matter. He forgives us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness when we confess our sins to him (1 Jn 1.9).

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