Ever “foul up” and sin? I think we all have… I know I have! What to do when that happens is the big question! 1 John 1.6 – 2.2 give some excellent advice… (Read it again this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord”)
“IF… we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness” (that’s called “hypocrisy”) … THEN… “we lie and do not live out the truth!”
“IF we walk in the light, as He is in the light”… THEN… “We have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son purifies us from all sin!” (And that’s called continual cleansing by living in His redemptive presence!)
“IF we claim to be without sin!” THEN… “We deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us!” (And how pathetic we are!)
“IF… (however) we confess (or acknowledge) our sins (to God)”… THEN… “He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness!” (How wonderful is that?!!)
“IF… we claim we have not sinned” … THEN… “We make Him out to be a liar and His word is not in us!” (It doesn’t help to argue with God about this… He is the judge! His verdict about us is what matters!
“IF… anyone does sin” (and we all do) … THEN… “We have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One! He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world! (Gotta say, what a wonderful provision!)
Why was all of this written? Well there’s a phrase in this passage that tells us: “My dear children, I write this to you SO YOU WILL NOT SIN… BUT IF ANYBODY DOES SIN… (well He’s got that possibility covered – there is a wonderful provision! Praise the Lord!!)