“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
Inevitably as we walk with the Lord there will be times, because of our sinful nature that we will take the direction of self rather than the direction of walking with the Lord. It is at that point, that the believer should have a myriad of beeps and buzzers going off in his heart and mind. It’s like when a car sensor dies and the whole dashboard of your car starts to illuminate. Your only recourse is to take that vehicle to the shop and start diagnosing it to find out what is wrong. You replace the broken part and like that you are back on the road and back in business.
I think we make this idea of repentance hard sometimes. The “repentance” word means a change of mind that results in a change of behavior. Years ago, it was taught that the word just meant a “change of mind” but that was not a thorough enough or accurate enough definition. It also did not fit with what a disciple of Jesus does in his or her every day walk with the Lord. The result of repentance, is our ability to walk with the Lord; continue on with our life and make the changes necessary, to be able to continue to grow and walk with Jesus. All this is available because the blood of Jesus paid for sin!
I expect that the folks who week by week sit under my teaching have heard this verse almost every week in one fashion or another (See 1 John 1:9). When a person sins against God, the Bible tells us that we have a High Priest, Jesus, who has taken our place and paid our sin debt. However to take advantage of that we must admit we are sinful, in need of his salvation and then believe (exercise faith) that He has made the payment for our sin. If you have trusted Jesus as your savior, when you confess your sin to Him, he sees you as just or righteous. He knows that Jesus paid the price, so your sins are forgiven and you can continue to walk in the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
God will continue to transform your character.
Someone might be tempted to say, so how does that stop someone from just sinning blatantly and then asking God for forgiveness and pretending to repent? Can’t someone abuse God’s grace? Funny thing about grace, if it is truly grace, it can’t be abused. Funny thing about God, because He is truly God, he can’t be tricked. God knows and can see right into a person’s heart. But rest assured, that when you sin, there remains an advocate with the Father, someone to take our place and go to Him on our behalf.
Don’t let yourself get bogged down in the moment. Don’t let Satan pull you down and discourage you. Don’t be tempted to think that God doesn’t want you anymore. He loves you and wants you so much that He died for you.
Take the time to live intentionally and enjoy the freedom that we have in Him. He died for it!