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If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NRSV

It's fair to say most of us like consistency. When our lives are more ordered than chaotic, we are happier. But it also sets a standard for our behavior–becoming a measuring stick of sorts. For example, say we want to accomplish a goal, something that might be a stretch. The way we do this is to put daily effort into the tasks that lead us toward the accomplishment of our objective. The approaching nearness of our goal can measure our steady forward motion.

1 John 1:5-10 is about consistency. It begins with what Christ has done for us–he has brought light into the darkness. By his blood, he cleanses us from sin. But it also makes it clear this is not a one-time thing but an ongoing activity. Though made clean, we will sin again. To think otherwise, we are just fooling ourselves.

This sin doesn't mean we start over at square one again; we are still progressing. We continue to walk in the light. But we must acknowledge our sins, showing awareness of our wrongdoing, and ask for forgiveness.

Christ is consistent in his pardon! What we seek has already been promised. When we

do this, we move forward toward our goal of being more like Jesus, although it may seem like slow progress.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your promise of forgiveness when we ask. We acknowledge we have sinned. We do not always act with the compassion, justice, love, and mercy of Jesus though we desire to do so. Forgive us, Lord, and by the Holy Spirit, guide our feet forward toward your righteousness. In the name of the perfect one Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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