As Christians, we know that no one is without sin (cf. Romans 3:23). However, as Christians, we also know that we are forgiven of our sins. Yet, one thing we must never become complacent with is sin. That’s to sin and say, “Christ died for that sin. Oh well, no one is without sin,” and move on. We should check our salvation if we carry such a carefree attitude toward sin.

This is where 1 John 1:9 comes in.

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 (NIV)

When John wrote this, he didn’t write it as a free pass to sin. Instead, John was writing about the doctrine of reconciliation and redemption. There are three parts to understanding this doctrine.

  1. Everyone sins.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

1 John 1:8 (NIV)
  1. When we do sin, God will forgive us.

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 (NIV)
  1. We should do our best to not sin.

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

1 John 2:1 (NIV)

Therefore, how we respond when we sin is often more telling than whatever sin we commit. When you’ve sinned, do you consider the principle of 1 John 1:9 as a “get out of jail free card” and carry on, or do you thank the Lord for his mercy and grace, knowing God is faithful, just, and will forgive you of your sin? Thus, purifying you from all unrighteousness?

Although no one is without sin, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try and live sinless lives. Loving and walking as Christ did.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.