I am Forgiven
In my first reading of this scripture, the following words jumped out to me:
Confess: to acknowledge
God knows all, we cannot keep anything from Him. So we do we need to confess? If we acknowledge, we admit to ourselves that we are wrong. The first step in correcting any wrong behavior is to admit that it was wrong in the first place. This definition is a great reminder of why we should own up to our sins.
Just: based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair
I really enjoyed this definition. God is just to forgive our sins, meaning he will act in what is morally right and fair. Since God is the one who sets the precedent for all our morals, it makes sense that He will enact what He sees fit when it comes to forgiveness.
Cleanse: to expel, imprison, or kill
Doesn’t this definition just make you want to jump up, fist punch the air and yell “YEAH!”? Well, it does for me! How powerful is our God!! He has the power not only to forgive us but to literally EXPEL the unrighteousness from us! Take that sin!
Unrighteousness: sinful, wicked
Thank goodness our God has to power to cleanse us of our sinfulness and wickedness. No one (hopefully) wants to keep those things within themselves.
I think the word confess encompasses the mood of this passage the best. We all sin, but we must understand and acknowledge our faults in order for them to be removed from us. Yes, God has forgiven our sins, but we can’t stop there. This does not mean we can keep making the same mistakes over and over again. We must confess our sins! This way we can be cleansed and move even closer to God.
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Forgiveness is just one of God’s many gifts. Read about His Gift of Hope here!