1 John 1:5-10

Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? Proverbs 6:27

The Holy Spirit’s presence dwells within us and has regenerated our lives with purity and truth. But what hope can we find for our hearts when we yield to sin?

God has given us a tremendous promise in 1 John that provides an answer to this question. It is a verse that has been quoted many times: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NASB).

Here is the basis for this truth: When you were saved, God forgave all of your sins, past, present, and future. No matter what your lifestyle was, you stand forgiven before Him. However, after the point of salvation, when you sin, one of the greatest consequences is broken fellowship with Jesus Christ.

Acknowledging your sin immediately restores your fellowship with the Savior. When we yield to temptation, we open ourselves up to all kinds of evil—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Some dismiss this notion. Yet confusion, doubt, fear, and conflict are just several problems that plague those who drift from God.

Proverbs 6:27 (NIV) reminds us: “Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?” Make it a habit to deal with sin immediately before the throne of God.

Lord, let me always deal with my sin immediately before Your throne where Your forgiveness covers me and embraces me with love and hope.

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