Have you ever known anyone who would never admit fault? No matter the evidence, they will not confess. What about a child of God? Can a person be a child of God if they wont admit error? According to John, no.
“If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
Before one can become a follower of God, they must admit sin. They must admit they need God’s forgiveness. Sadly, too many people adopt the “too big to fail” mindset. These people are deceiving themselves and can never be forgiven. God will not forgive the person who does not admit his need for forgiveness.
On the other hand, if we are honest with ourselves, identify the sins in our lives, and confess our sinfulness, we can be forgiven (1 John 1:9). From the admission of guilt comes the blessing of forgiveness. We all have sinned, continue to sin, and will continue to sin. Even when we fail time after time again, there is still hope in Christ.
The steps to receiving these blessings are simple. First, admit that because of sin you need God. Second, seek out God and acknowledge His gracious and forgiving character. Third, with great joy and humble thanksgiving accept the forgiveness He offers.
Thanks be to God for continually forgiving us as we fall. Let’s not be so big, proud, or self righteous that we never admit we need God’s grace. God will forgive you, if you are willing to admit your need for forgiveness.
“If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:10).
I confess that I am sinner constantly in need of your grace. I pray that you will forgive me of my sinfulness. Search my heart Father and keep me pure. Help me today to overcome my pride when I do wrong.
Through Your Son,
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Post by Cliff Sabroe