If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Father, I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight. The prodigal arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. So You have blotted out, like a thick cloud, my transgressions, and like a cloud, my sins. I return to You, for You have redeemed me. My sins are forgiven me for Your name’s sake. In Christ You forgave me . . . that You might be just and the justifier of the one who, like me, has faith in Jesus. Then Jesus will sprinkle clean water on me, and I shall be clean. May I walk with You in white, may I be worthy. This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. May I always be awed by Your gracious plan of forgiveness, Lord God. You have redeemed me by the blood of Your Son— and I praise You!
1 JOHN 1:9; PSALM 51:3–4; LUKE 15:20; ISAIAH 44:22; 1 JOHN 2:12; EPHESIANS 4:32; ROMANS 3:26; EZEKIEL 36:25; REVELATION 3:4; 1 JOHN 5:6
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As Scripture says somewhere, my transgressions are always before me.
What weighs down so many people is the guilt of their sin. Look to the 3rd in history who sinned by way of murder. Cain couldn't handle the burden of the judgment of God’s punishment on him for what he had done.
Guilt either drives a person to Christ or farther away. It either is what is preparing the soil of the heart for salvation or its preparing it for Hell.
This world's pleasures can get anyone and everyone in a world of hurt due to the craftiness of sin. Sin is a deceiver, its going to convince you of the positive virtues of itself. Of how enjoyable it is. That anything that enjoyable can't be all bad or even half bad.
Sin is what we are born into thanks to Adam and Eve. You cannot legislate it away. You cannot add drugs, go through extensive surgery to remove it. You cannot do anything good with Sin. Those who have tried, eventually wake up in Hell just as their physical body was originally made as by God.
Those who seem to flourish in their evil desires and ways are not getting away with anything. Scripture says that it is the Lord who searches the hearts and minds of mankind. He knows every thought and intention of every person who lives today or who ever lived. Note very well the time of judgment in Revelation. There's no courtroom deliberation. There's no jury to decide the fates of anyone. All you see is Jesus Christ the Righteous separating mankind. Those who are saved from those who are not. Not a question raised as to the integrity of the person by Jesus at all. Oh the people questioned Him but to no avail. His Word is final.
When was the last time you addressed your sin with Jesus? Forget about going to earthly priests or anyone here. Scripture says that against Him and Him alone have I sinned. If you have not petitioned Christ to forgive your sins you have not been forgiven. If you have not at all come to Christ for salvation, your petition for forgiveness amounts to nothing. You must be saved first to be forgiven. For it is then that He casts our sins as far as the east is from the west. Remembered no more.
Asking for forgiveness puts it upon you to turn away from those sins to walk with Jesus the way you ought to.
It means that you stop deliberately sinning as well. I will confess that there have been times when I tried to resist sin in my own strength. Failure awaiting me every time.
People who embrace what God has stated is sin will find that He isn't going to change His mind about it. To repent means to stop, turn around completely, walk away.
It is by grace you are saved not of works for it is a gift of God to all who believe.
Weighed down by sin? Today's the day freedom and liberty can be yours.
Go back to that prayer.
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