I don’t usually do this. But this morning I was so caught up in blogging about the first part of 1 John 1:9 that I totally ignored the last part of the verse.
And the last part of the verse is the most important.
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
If we confess.
If we say we’re sorry and we meant it and we repent and turn from the bad things that we’re doing . . . .
God is faithful.
If we confess, He’s faithful. He won’t turn us away. He won’t scorn us. He won’t reject us. No matter how far away we have fallen from Him, He is always faithful to us.
He is faithful to forgive us.
How? Because He’s perfect.
Why do you have to apologize the person you’ve wronged? Because you are the one who’s done wrong. You are the one who needs to be forgiven for something you’ve done or said. You have to ask forgiveness of the innocent person you’ve hurt.
We have all turned against God. To be forgiven, we have to ask for it.
And not only will He forgive us, He’ll restore us.
Getting to the point where you’re willing to confess is important, but knowing that God will forgive you no matter what is even more important.
And I just thought I needed to mention that.
I would like to add one thing, here. The Greek verb tense in this passage is “aorist” which does not translate well in English. How it really should read is: If we continuously keep on confessing our sin to him, he continuously keeps on being faithful and just to continuously keep on forgiving us our sin and cleansing us from all wickedness.
Don’t we need that continuous faithfulness!
That’s awesome!!! I know very little Greek but what I do know of it makes me so thankful that God chose to use it for the New Testament. Such a rich language full of so much meaning that English can’t even begin to translate! Thank you so much for your comment. You’re so very very right.