“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Who likes to feel dirty, nasty, disgusting or gross? Alright, it is true that many times little boys love to go days without bathing if their moms will let them. However, for most adults we like the feeling of being refreshed by a nice shower after working hard, exercising, playing sports or the like.
As a small boy we lived in a more rural area of Jonesboro Arkansas. I loved where we lived because we had a big area of land to roam, gravel roads, a creek to play in, and woods to have war in. In other words, it was a great place for me as a little boy to have a lot of fun, except for the fact that there was one thing lacking. Until I started school there were not any other little boys my age to play with out in the area where we lived.
However, let me say there’s no reason to feel sorry for me about that situation. The reason is, I have the best mother a little boy could ever ask for. I can say that today as well. She is wonderful! My mom knew it was important for a little boy to be able to play and do boy things. I can remember my mom doing whatever she could to help me have fun since we lived where there were not many kids my age. During one summer I remember it being extremely hot and wanting to do something outside, but it was miserable to step outdoors in the heat we had at the time. My mom took large heavy duty trash bags out to the hill beside our house. She set the water hose up just right, and made a so-called pool at the bottom. My mother had made the best water slides in Craighead County that summer. Another time, my mom hosed down an area of dirt by the house. She proceeded to bring out these little aluminum pans and showed me how to make mud pies that we could throw at each other. It was GREAT! I also remember my mom getting out in the dirt, digging up little roads for us to play cars in. We made roads, mountains, ditches, valleys and even bridges. Those times are still cherished in my memories and heart as a little boy getting to spend time with his mom.
All of these things that my mom did with me had one thing in common. We both got dirtier, nastier, and more disgusting that you can probably imagine. For me as a little boy, it was AWESOME. For my mom, once we were done there was no coming into the house until she had an opportunity to hose us both down. I remember her saying we could not go in the house with all that dirt and mud on us. We would have to CLEAN UP before going inside! The good news is that I never worried about getting cleaned up because my mom would always make sure I was clean before going into the house. She did the cleaning because she knew as a little boy that my attempt to clean myself would not be sufficient.
Our verse today out of 1 John is a great truth and promise for the Christian. “If we confess our sins he is faithful, and just to forgive us our sins and to clense us from all unrighteousness.”. The Bible shows us that once we have trusted Christ and have become God’s child we are forgiven of every sin past, present and future. It is important; however, for the Christian to walk in daily fellowship with God. That is why it is important that when we do sin, we should confess it to God and repent immediately. We have already been forgiven, but we are simply agreeing with God that we have messed up. The word of God says in this verse that He ( God ) continues to clense us and forgive us as we confess our daily sins ( mess ups ) to Him.
Our encouragement as God’s children is knowing that when ( not if ) we sin we can admit to God what we have done. We can be assured that He will forgive us, and that He will clense us from all unrighteousness within our life. There is no doubt that we can be assured of this because John here says, “he is faithful, and just…” The Christian does not have to attempt to hide what he or she has done. It will not do any good, because God can see the heart of man. We must be careful to realize that this promise does not give the Christian permission to go and willfully commit sin, but since we have not been made perfect in our bodies yet the Lord tells us what to do. Confess, repent, and trust God for what He has done, and is doing, and will do in our lives as we follow Him.
In conclusion, I want to give you a few things to keep in mind today. My mom could see the dirt on me, but only God can see what’s on the inside of your heart. Don’t try to hide sin from God, because it cannot be done. Admit to Him, and let Him restore you today. Also, my mom had to wash me clean enough to be able to go inside the house. I could not do it on my own. We cannot clense ourselves from sin. We cannot forgive ourselves of our sin. Only Jesus can clense us, forgive us, and restore us. Lastly, my mom loved me enough to do for me what I could not do for myself as a little boy. She did not leave me outside of the house and tell me I could come in when I cleaned myself up enough. She did for me what I could not do for self. Jesus has paid the ultimate price so we can be ultimately and totally forgiven, and made clean. Let Jesus make you clean!