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 JANUARY 19 - THOUGHTS BY WILLIAM MACDONALD


“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Without the assurance of this verse, it would be practically impossible to go on in the Christian life. As we grow in grace, we have a deepening awareness of our utter sinfulness. We must have some provision for instant cleansing for sins, otherwise we are doomed to perpetual guilt and defeat.

John tells us that, for believers, provision is made through confession. The unbeliever receives judicial forgiveness from the penalty of sins through faith in the Lord Jesus. The believer receives parental forgiveness from the defilement of sins through confession.

Sin breaks fellowship in the life of the child of God, and that fellowship remains broken till the sin is confessed and forsaken. When we confess, God is faithful to His Word; He has promised to forgive. He is just in forgiving because the work of Christ at the Cross has provided a righteous basis on which He may do so.

What this verse means, then, is that when we confess our sins, we can know that the record is clear, that we have been completely cleansed, that the happy family spirit has been restored. As soon as we are conscious of sin in our lives, we can go into the presence of God, call that sin by its name, repudiate it, and know with certainty that it has been put away.

But how do we know for certain? Do we feel forgiven? It is not at all a question of feelings. We know that we have been forgiven because God says so in His Word. Feelings are undependable at best. God’s Word is sure.

But suppose someone says, “I know that God has forgiven me but I can’t forgive myself”? This might sound very pious but actually it is dishonoring to God. If God has forgiven me, then He wants me to appropriate that forgiveness by faith, to rejoice in it, and to go out and serve Him as a cleansed vessel.


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 Re: JANUARY 19 - THOUGHTS BY WILLIAM MACDONALD

Oh glory to God!

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But suppose someone says, “I know that God has forgiven me but I can’t forgive myself”? This might sound very pious but actually it is dishonoring to God. If God has forgiven me, then He wants me to appropriate that forgiveness by faith, to rejoice in it, and to go out and serve Him as a cleansed vessel.



Well, this has been me in the past. Asked the Lord to forgive me and knew He had. Scripture said so. I repented. Turned and sinned no longer, with His help, but still the guilt, shame, not forgiving myself. Then one day when I was wallowing in my pity the Lord came and said, what are you doing?

He said to me that He died on the cross for my sins. He has forgiven me, washed me white as snow, He bore my shame on the cross. I remember those sins no more as far as the East to the West.

Hallelujah! I now was set free! I was completely delivered. Satan no longer could point the finger at me with success.

Now I am walking with my head held high, no sting of my sin, only the love of my Savior for me and I for Him. Now I am putting a smile on my Savior's face for I have accepted & received His love & grace of forgiveness.

This is why I came He said, to forgive me and set me free and now I am free indeed. And if anyone, in ignorance, wants to point the finger, I say, in love, I am forgiven by God because of Jesus, that is why He came, to set us sinners free. Washed in His Precious Blood. Now I can shout Hallelujah! My God Reigns! And I have a joyful heart walking with my Savior, My Lord. He did not die in vain for me!

And now I no longer dwell on my sin but on the compassion, love & forgiveness of my Savior. And the more I get to know Him, the more I fall in love with Him and the things of the world have no part of me. I am always humbled by His great love for us all. All glory & thanks to God!

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