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Faithful and Just

Anchor Devotional - 10.15.16


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

In our concluding thoughts on confession, we turn to John’s first letter and marvel at the love of God. Consider God’s promise that He is both faithful to forgive and also just to do so. When I think of mercy, I conceive of it as having an end. For example, the parents of a child who is constantly rebellious might reach the limit of what they will tolerate. They come to the point of saying, “That’s enough!” While God will not run out of patience, it’s all the more comforting to know that He would be unjust to not forgive. Of all the things God is, He is most certainly not unjust.

It would be against the very nature of God to not forgive one of His children who confessed a sin. In short, we are assured by the most guaranteed profession there can be—the unchangeable nature of God—that when we confess our sins, we will be forgiven.

What a wonderful blessing! With absolute confidence that our Father will forgive, we confess. We humbly approach Him like a rebellious but repentant child who comes to his forgiving, loving parent.

Scripture Focus

1 John 1:5-2:2

Insight

With confidence we approach the throne of grace to confess our sins, knowing that in Christ we are forgiven.

Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 5-6
  • Psalm 106
  • Romans 3-4