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 1:8-10
The next line of the Lord’s Prayer is “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Jesus Christ was the only man to live on the earth and not sin. The rest of us, no matter how good we are need forgiveness because of our sinful tendencies. The Bible teaches us that if we claim to have no sin, not only are we liars, but we also make God out to be one and yet we know that “God is not a man that he should lie”. Whenever we are in any sort of trouble or if we know that we could be, deceit tends to be a natural tendency. We try pull wool over people’s eyes and lead them to believe that we are actually better than they think we are. Worse still, we do that with God.
No! The best way is always to come clean and ask for forgiveness so that your soul and conscience, as well as all relationships can be kept in tact and thriving. I once heard someone say that confession and forgiveness are like a spiritual shower, we need them everyday. Confess your sins to God today and ask for his forgiveness. The promise is that he is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins and to purify you moving forward. What a God we have! And remember once we receive forgiveness we receive a model and a directive to forgive others in like manner, and then also if we do not forgive others who sin against us, we cannot lay claim as in the Lord’s prayer to the forgiveness that God so freely gives. So our mandate is twofold. Reeive forgiveness from God and always pass it on to those who you must forgive. Can you do both of these today? God bless.