" But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. " 1 John 1:7-10
This statement of John refers to those of us who believe in Jesus Christ.
This is why John repeatedly said;
" we "
Yes, even those of us who claim to follow Jesus must live right.
This is why John said;
" But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, "
We must acknowledge our sin, confess it, repent and turn from our sins and ask God to forgive us.
True repentance requires acknowledgement that we sinned and confession of our sin, to turn from our sins, and then we will be forgiven.
This is why John said;
" If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. "
I was thinking today of all my past sins and present sins, all through my life to the present.
Even though I get down on my knees everyday and confess my sins and ask God to forgive me, I still remember what I have done wrong.
What is wonderful to know is that because of God's grace that He bestows upon us, not only does He forgive us for our sins, He forgets how we sinned against Him.
Even though we remember our sins and all the things we have done wrong, He chooses to forget our sins when He forgives us.
What hope we have when we stand before Him.
Paul remembered his own sins he committed and wrote about them in the New Testament.
Paul said about himself;
" This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. " 1 Timothy 1:15
Notice Paul said;
" I am ",
not, I was.
But he also knew God forgave him and that God does not remember what sins he did or does.
Nor will it ever be held against him.
Praise the Lord.
We have hope.
" Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. "
" Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. "
" Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. "