A speaker/teacher once said, “You can choose your sin, but you can’t choose the consequences for that sin.” The reality of this statement is so profound, but yet we tend to think that our sins are uncontrollable and a “disease” when really the problem is the sinful nature of our hearts.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 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. 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 is not in us. ~1 John 1:5-10

This passage clearly demonstrates the attributes of God and how man reacts to God. We like to further explain this concept in this chart:

Attributes of God Man’s Reactions
Light; not darkness If we say we fellowship with Him but we walk in darkness, we lie & don’t live out the truth. If we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another
Faithful We can now be faithful to Him
Just Made right with God
Forgives our sins, purifies us from unrighteousness, Jesus Christ washes away all our sins Freed from sins, forgiven, identified with Christ, living by faith in God (Galatians 2:20)

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. ~ 1 John 2:1-2

  • John is earnestly hoping that his “children” (possibly the people he discipled) won’t sin. But even if they do, he reminds them of the hope we all have in Jesus: that we can be washed clean of our filthy rags.

Suggested Application/Spiritual Growth:

  • Confess your sins to God. Then, ask Him for forgiveness based upon the finished work of Jesus Christ! You can be comforted in the fact that God always promises to forgive us.
  • We have unshaken hope in the Lord’s steadfast love as Psalm 33:18 says,

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love. ~~Ps. 33:18

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What are some Bible verses that teach us about forgiveness?

–Mark and Rachel Shaw (reminded of the amazing hope of forgiveness that we have in Jesus)