Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 28
Today’s verse is 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.
Yesterday I talked about ways out of temptation but we know that just because there is a way out does not mean we will always choose it. WE know we could have great intentions but when in the moment we can “rationalize” and ‘justify” ourselves into or out of almost anything.
Once we act on those tempting thoughts it becomes a sin. Even thinking thoughts against the will of God is considered sin.
God knows this. He does not expect perfect behavior from us. He cares more about the desires of our heart.
God is not interested in your performance. He is interested in your posture of heart.
According to Wikipedia, Sin is defined as the act of violating God’s will by transgressing his commandments. Sin can also be viewed as any thought or action that endangers the ideal relationship between an individual and God; or as any diversion from the perceived ideal order for human living. To sin has been defined as “to miss the mark”.
I like the term, “to miss the mark”. It puts into perspective how we know we should be living and the sin is the “fall short” of that.
Luckily for us, God is not up there counting all of our wrongdoings against Him. He already sent His son, Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so we could be forgiven and worthy in His eyes.
That is a huge deal! All of the sins we committed yesterday, today and tomorrow are forgiven! Because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice and paid the price for all of mankind!
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. -John 19:30
What was finished?
Jesus paid the debt for the sin of all mankind, “It is finished’ refers to it is done. The mission of Jesus was completed right there in that very moment.What he foreshadowed to happen came to fruition.
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. John 12:32-33
God was faithful to send Jesus to die for our sins and He is faithful to forgive our sins because of it.
So why do we need to confess our sins if they are forgiven anyway?
Say that I am having a disagreement with my husband, and in a moment I briefly lose my tempter and bring up something from his past to throw back in his face (yes, not a proud moment but something that has happened)
The outcome of my outburst results in hurt feelings,bitterness and resentment. Because of the words I spoke out of anger and frustration I am now reaping the consequences of those sharp words.
After this argument I have a two choices of how I approach my husband and/or the situation.
- ignore him or pretend that it never happened (resulting in more hurt feelings and disconnect)
- allow my confession of my sin to myself, God and my husband motivate me to repentance
Remember when we talked about awareness prompting action? Well confession prompts repentance.
Repentance is not, “oh I sinned, better luck next time.” Repentance is viewing your sin a God views your sin and abruptly and deliberately turning away from that sin (notice how we still have choice here?)
In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. Isiah 30:15
For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern,what readiness to see justice done. 2 Corinthians 7:9-11
So we are not just acknowledging our sin (awareness), we are accepting responsibility and taking action to turn away from sin and turn towards God.
Without the acknowledgement of sin, God can not convict us to repent. If we don’t have the Holy Spirit alerting us that something is “off” we can never change. So not only do we acknowledge temptation, but we also acknowledge sin.
As a result of this awareness, God produces fruit within us.
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3:8
Sweet friends, He is faithful to forgive us our sins once we confess them because He loves us. It is like when a child does something wrong and you have them explain why and how they know what they did was wrong.This understanding allows them to be careful for the next time.
The amazing thing is that not only is God faithful to forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness, but He is also faithful to use that situation and circumstance (every though we fell short) for His glory and His purpose.
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Romans 3:20
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Romans 3:21-26
And I need not say anything else further, Paul sums it all up perfectly in Romans 3 above!
Study Romans 3 above. What is the relationship between faith and sin? What can we infer this tells us about faith and confession and faith and repentance? What is your biggest take away from today’s post?
Don’t just take away your take away, share your take away with someone else! This is the good news! in Jesus Christ we are forgiven, and God is faithful! it is not something that He works at or grows towards (as it is for us) it is who He is!
God does not have faithfulness. God is faithfulness.