Yep, I’ve Done It! But I’m Forgiven
Read 1 John Chapter 1
1Jn 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.
I don’t expect that anyone reading this has ever claimed to be without sin. Everyone who reads this has been made painfully aware that he or she is indeed a sinner and would not ever claim to be without sin. Therefore, that will not be the topic of today’s devotional. Instead, we are going to take a hard look at the latter part of verse 10. I wonder how many of us call God a liar, not in the way mentioned in this passage, but in many other ways. Our SSA may make us doubt many of God’s promises. How often have we thought in the ways listed here?
“God will not forgive me this time. I’ve failed Him too many times before.” Is this a true statement? Is there anywhere in His word where He denied forgiveness to any of His children who have come to Him repentant and broken?
- “I can’t help but sin. The temptations and desires are too strong.” Is this true? God’s word clearly states that we choose to sin. He has given us everything we need to say “No” to ungodliness.
- “I cannot be happy without same-sex behaviors.” That is the same as telling the Lord, “You won’t or can’t make me happy. Your promises of a better life adhering to Your instructions is a lot of bunk!” That’s calling God a liar.
- “I know You will understand why I must have homosexual satisfaction. I’m sure You know that we live in a different society today than when Your word was written.” Really? Doesn’t His word say that He never changes?
- “Your ways are just too hard.” This is a direct contradiction to God’s promise in Matthew 11:29-30.
We could name many other things we think, which are opposed to His word and His promises. I must confess that I have been guilty of unknowingly calling Him a liar many times. Any time we doubt what He has written and said, we are in effect calling God a liar. We haven’t meant to do so, but in essence that’s exactly what we have done. But don’t despair. We aren’t alone in this weakness. Peter did the same thing.
Mt 16:21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to You!” 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
Ouch! The good news is that Peter was forgiven, and He will forgive us too. This is where we can take comfort in verse 9. It is worth repeating.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Now, what can we SSA men and women do with this beautiful promise? We can believe it, trust that it is true, and rely on it with every fiber of our being. Let us never again doubt His mercy, forgiveness, and grace. God is not a liar, therefore, it is true. When we come to Him asking for mercy, we will receive it.
Prayer: Oh Lord, I have doubted You willingness to forgive me more times than I can possibly count. I confess that as sin and thank You for Your truth; I have been forgiven, and so have all of my SSA friends who have confessed their transgressions to You.