But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7 (NASB)
Everyone struggles with sin. From the newest Christian to the oldest saint, we all wrestle with sin.
Forgiveness is how God deals with sin. When Jesus died on the cross, He carried your sin with him. When you came to Christ through faith, God forgave every sin you have ever committed. God removed the wall that separated you from Him.
Not Just Forgiven
Receiving forgiveness was just the beginning. Not only have you been forgiven, but you have been cleansed of your sin.
So many Christians have a hard time accepting God’s forgiveness. They carry needless guilt and shame. They can’t seem to shake their identity with their sin. They see themselves more as a sinner than as a saint. I heard a preacher once ask, “Are you a sinner, trying to live like a Christian, or are you Christian who sometimes falls into sin?”
Many Christians don’t understand that they have been forgiven and cleansed from all their sin.
Imagine a large blackboard with every sin you have ever committed listed. None of us would want to see that list or let anyone else see it. It is a reminder of our shame, failure, and wickedness. Now imagine God taking an eraser and wiping the board clean. But God doesn’t stop there. Now imagine God taking a wet rag and completely cleaning the board. He keeps cleaning until it is spotless with no hint of what was once written on it.
God forgave and cleansed you from your sin. You no longer have to carry the weight of your past sin and failure. You no longer have to identify with your sin.
Review the promise again.
But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7
God not only forgave your sin; He cleansed you. He washed you with the blood of Jesus and removed every hint of sin and stain.
Makes these confessions,
In Jesus Christ, my sin is forgiven.
God has cleansed me from all the shame, guilt, and pain of my sin.
I am clean and pure before Him.
I no longer identify with my sin but with my righteousness in Christ.
When I sin, God forgives me and cleanses my heart.
In Jesus Name,
God not only forgave your sin, but God cleansed your heart. Your debt is paid, and your sin is erased. Now go and live like it!
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