Transformed in My Spiritual Health
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)
Do people have to tell you things over and over and over again? It’s as if somehow they don’t think you are listening or taking them seriously…Hmmmmmmmm. My dad used to tell me, “Keep the engine oil clean in your cars and they will run forever!” That’s great and true advice. When dirt gets in the oil it starts to wear out all the parts. It slows the car down. Soon, it can grind to a halt as it overheats and melts down in the middle of a busy freeway.
It was not uncommon for him to follow up a couple of months later by asking, “Hey! Are you keeping your oil clean? If you do it now you won’t suffer later! It’s easy to do – why not just get it done.” I knew it was the right thing to do…but, I’m sure you can figure out the rest of the story. I can’t tell you how many times I have regretted not keeping that oil clean and pure. It cost me plenty over time.
Sometimes we just don’t listen. A case and point: When John the Apostle wrote today’s verse he must have been well aware that many had forgotten this fundamental truth. Maybe you have too.
“Think of this,”, he says: “ 1.Confess and your sins will be forgiven. 2. Confess and you will be renewed and made pure before God.” How is all of this possible? Because God is faithful. You can count on him at all times. Because he is just. That means he has every right and the authority to cancel out every debt your sinfulness has cost you, now and forever.
So if you feel dirty…confess. If you feel worn out…confess. If you feel like you’re out on the verge of a meltdown on the freeway of life…confess. If you want to experience the blessing and hand of God on your life, confess. And God will take care of everything else.
(Transformed: How God Changes Us by Rick Warren)