If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
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. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
God is no liar! And when I am honest with myself and with others I agree with what He has said about me – I am a sinner.
Why would I ever think differently? Actually, I don’t believe I ever think differently… I know I’m a sinner… I just can live in such a way to make sure you don’t think so! Best foot forward, you know. You play the same game, don’t you? Sure.
Those closest to me see my sinfulness, however. You can only keep up the façade of sinlessness for so long! Eventually my true self, the person God has said is a sinner, comes to the surface. It’s not pretty. Being honest about my sin doesn’t feel so good, but it is the pathway out of its life-stealing grasp. John writes here that if we confess our sins God is faithful and just and will forgive those sins. If we walk in this light, the blood of Jesus purifies me from ALL sin.
The truth that I am a sinner is not all that God has said about me! (Here comes the Good News!) I need to add an adjective to the description. I am a PURIFIED sinner. My sin is not held against me… I’ve been cleansed or purified from it all through the blood of Christ. Wah HOO! Read the New Testament – this truth of the Gospel is all over the place.
Honesty about who I am (and remembering who I am in Christ) will keep me in this sweet fellowship with God through Jesus.
Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for me. Thank You that my sins are not held against me. In this place of grace and freedom would you fill my heart with Your Presence that I might follow close to You this day.