July 27 Attacking the Roots of Sin

Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:5–2:2

Key Verse: 1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If you hurt someone as a result of a sin you committed, would you go to him or her for help in overcoming that sin? If you are like most people, you probably would not. Why? Because you would likely feel guilty or ashamed. Our human minds think this way because we have trouble understanding true forgiveness.

The beauty of this scenario is that God is not limited by human understanding. His thoughts are higher than ours, and His ways are different (Isaiah 55:8). When we sin against God, He is the very One we need to help us break free from the cycle of sin. Though this sounds ironic, it is the truth.

First John 1:9 tells us God will forgive us and cleanse us when we confess to Him. Essentially, no matter what we have done, God is willing to forgive us and to wash away the damaging residue that disobedience can leave upon our lives.

If you have an unconfessed sin in your life, do not feel like you have to hide from God. Instead, bring the matter to Him in prayer and receive the gift of His forgiveness. Being out of fellowship with God is a terrible place to be. Do not let fear keep you away from the One who loves you unconditionally. Return to Him today just as you are. There is no need to feel ashamed.

Lord, I do not know why I try to hide my sin from You, for You will not condemn a contrite heart. Search my soul and bring forth those hidden things so that I may confess them.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 218). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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