Good Life Journal - 1 John 1

Scripture:

1 John 1:8-10 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Observation:

Sin is a reality in every person’s life. Some deeper than others, but sin just the same. The foundational problem the gospel addresses is our sin. If we reject the reality of sin and water it down to a misunderstanding, we erase the problem the gospel addresses in the first place. If we confess our sin, Jesus forgives us. When we are unfaithful, Jesus is faithful.

Application:

Good News or Bad News? I typically like to hear the bad news first. I like to get it out of the way and then I can hear the good news after properly addressing the bad. When we ignore sin, call it by a lesser name and deny we actually do it, then we will never truly be able to experience the good news. The gospel is not truly the gospel if it isn’t the solution to the problem our sin causes. What is the gospel of Jesus without the initial problem that the cross and resurrection addressed and conquered? You see, if we ignore and deny the existence of sin, then what in the world did Jesus die for? Why would the Father send him and expose him to so much pain, loss, rejection, shame and ultimately separation and death (for 3 days) if sin were not a real issue and didn’t need to be addressed and defeated. A few things… -Admit and confess sin. Don’t ignore it and deny but rather admit it and expose it. It is ugly stuff, but it has no power over our eternities anymore if we are in Christ. -Trust that Jesus is faithful, even amidst our unfaithfulness. Yes, what you did, what we do, thought and caused was bad, but it isn’t unforgivable. It doesn’t have the power to undo the work of the cross, not matter how nasty and dark it is. -Stop the denial. All we do when we deny is prove that the word is not in us.

Prayer:

Father forgive me for my sin. For my disobedience. Help me not live there, but trust in your forgiveness and the second, third and 1millionth chances you offer me through the cross and resurrection.