Thursday, April 29, 2021

1 John 1:9 Scripture Meditation by Stephen Taylor

1 John 1:8, 9

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Are we confessing our sins or claiming they don't exist? Just because we don't acknowledge our sin doesn't mean it isn't there. Denying sin in our lives doesn't make it any less sin, but it does make us less free. Sin is bondage, and the only freedom from that bondage is found in Christ. But if we "never sin," then we never need to be saved, and if we don't need to be saved, why would we look to repent and turn to Christ?

Confession and repentance are more than just events in our lives; they have to be lifestyles. How pleasing and honoring to God it is when we admit our faults and weaknesses and rely on His mercy and grace! When we acknowledge that the gift He gave us in Jesus is the only thing that can save us.

Let's look at this another way. God gave us Jesus to save us from our sins; His sacrifice paid our price. But if we deny the sin in our lives or the fact that we need a Savior, then we are basically saying He did it for nothing. That we’re above needing His help. That is a place none of us wants to go, for there is no hope for those who think they have no sin.

The above verses aren't intended to condemn us but to expose us to the truth, and the truth will set you free! It doesn't say confess your sins and be thrown into Hell, but rather confess your sins and be forgiven and purified. Turn to the One who didn't turn away from the cross but embraced it for you and me!

1 John 2:1- My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

God bless! I love you all, but His love saves! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!


1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 


I’m so excited to share this failure from yesterday!! My mom asked me to wash her car, and it made me mad because of the inconvenience. I got a little attitude and went outside to do it, grumbling all the way. As I was out there washing it, God started to deal with me on it, and it went a little something like this: “Well, son, you dropped the ball there didn’t, yah? Not only did you not give Me glory by doing it with a joyful spirit, but you also hurt your mom’s feelings by having an attitude. Now, you gotta wash it, and you’re not getting any credit for doing something good because you did it with the wrong heart!”  


Needless to say, I felt bad for acting like a child, but it also was uplifting because God was using it to teach me how quickly little things can get in there and throw me off! See, I’m not perfect; I am a sinner saved by grace, and I’m still a work in progress and will be till the day I die! Thank You, Jesus!!!


I wanted to share this to encourage us that God can use both our successes and our failures to teach, encourage, and love on us!! We are all going to sin and fall short, but the key is what do we do after we fall. Do we lie there in it or reach up and grab the hand of Jesus and try again!!!


You can fall 1000 times as long as you get up 1000 times, and He will love you the same as if it were the first time you fell!!! The Father’s arms are open wide!!!!!


I love you all, God bless, and Glory to God!!!!!!!!




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