Is it possible to not sin? Be careful how you answer. John the evangelist wrote: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Still, it is amazing how many people claiming to be Christians think they do not sin. Solomon taught: “There is no one who does not sin” (2 Chronicles 6:36b). Paul revealed: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 6:23). When we are tempted, God always provides a doorway out for us not to sin (1 Corinthians 10:13). Yet, we are far from perfect at following that path, so we often fall short of God’s design, both by omission and by commission.
When we miss the mark, just like a basketball player attempting to make a shot and missing it, we need a remedy. God has made a way: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Confessmeans “to agree” with God’s perspective of our attempt to seek life apart from Him. When our hearts break for committing our transgressions, God forgives us and restores us.
Do you have unconfessed sin in your life? Is there an act you have committed that has left you feeling guilty and unworthy of God’s grace? Whereas, guilt says, “I did wrong;” shame says, “I am wrong.” God does not want to shame us. He wants to save us. In the quietness of your heart, agree with God about how you have fallen short of His design for your life. He will forgive you and make you new again.
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