1 John 2:1 (AMPC) 2 My little children, I write you these things so that you may not violate God’s law and sin. But if anyone should sin, we have an Advocate (One Who will intercede for us) with the Father—[it is] Jesus Christ [the all] righteous [upright, just, Who conforms to the Father’s will in every purpose, thought, and action].
We need to take sin very seriously but sometimes we worry about it just little too much. We are going to sin and make mistakes every day. God sees our heart motivation. He knows what is in our heart and what we desire to do. He also knows we are born of the flesh and how difficult it is to resist temptations in life.
God is going to forgive us when we sin. We tend to persecute ourselves and not forgive us when we make mistakes and sin. God wants us to go to Him, repent, and then go about living life. God forgives us and it is that simple. When we put ourselves in self-condemnation we are doing nothing but hurting ourselves and setting ourselves up to sin more because we lose our self-worth and gain self-pity.
There are people out there – even in the church that don’t have it all together. They might appear they have it together but each and every one of us sin. All of us. We try not to but we do. How we handle the knowledge of our sin is what is important. God is always going to forgive us – it is not a question of if he will or not.
1 John 1:9 (AMPC) 9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
God gave us free will which is freedom. With free will comes great responsibility. We cannot use our freedom as an excuse to sin. Freedom allows us to not feel guilty when we do sin and to go about carrying out God’s will for our lives.
1 Peter 2:16 (AMPC) 16 [Live] as free people, [yet] without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness; but [live at all times] as servants of God.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen