1-john-1-99 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 NIV)

Sin is hardly spoken of any longer in our society, but make no mistake about it, sin has a detrimental effect on our lives in so many ways. Sin creates habits within us that can be so difficult to break free from the longer we allow sin to remain. Sin causes us to develop thinking patterns that are destructive to ourselves and those around us. Sin leads us to withdraw from those closest to us in hopes that they won’t discover what’s taking place in our lives. Sin severs relationships. Habitual sin will eventually take us to dark places that we never imagined when we first began our journey down its attractive path. Hebrews 11:25 says, “Moses chose to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” Make no mistake about it, there is pleasure, great fun in sin for a season, but that season eventually morphs into the coldest winter you can imagine.

Sin is draining. Our sin will make us sick in more ways than one if we refuse to deal with it when God brings His conviction to our heart and mind. David once wrote,

3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. (Psalm 32:3-4 NIV)

Have you ever felt the heaviness that David wrote about when he was “hiding” his sin from God? I sure have. There’s no doctor on the planet that write a prescription for the heaviness and emptiness that sin will bring about, but that doesn’t mean that we are hopeless. In our memory verse this week we can find the remedy for our sin and its effects… “If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” We need to confess our sin, name it, and agree with God that what we are doing and thinking is not pleasing to God. Confess, agree with God, that our sin is killing us and the relationships that God has blessed us with in this life. When we confess our sin in sincerity and humility the Lord will forgive us and help us to turn us away from our sin and into His arms of grace and mercy. I hope you will take some time to get alone with the Father who loves you and confess that which has taken His place on the throne room of your heart. His forgiveness is sweeter than honey and will restore to you what sin has sought to destroy.

 

52 Weeks 52 Verses: Week 16
1 John 1:9
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