If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:8-10 NIV
We acknowledge that we have sinned, some of us acknowledge that we’re still actively sinning, but are we genuinely remorseful? Have we truly repented? Here is an amazing quote that I just had to share that truly addresses this, and helps us see the process to atonement:
“Four marks of true repentance are: acknowledgement of wrong, willingness to confess it, willingness to abandon it, and willingness to make restitution.”
-Corrie ten Boom
We must acknowledge when we are wrong and when we have done wrong, we have to willingly confess it to God—and a step farther is to confess it to another human—since we seem more moved by peer pressure than God’s disappointment. We must stop doing what we were/are doing, and then right the wrong that we have caused. We must pay back in some form or fashion the person(s) that we have harmed, or expect for the same (or worse) to happen to us, or someone that we love.
Most of us do the first two steps but struggle or refuse to do the last two. That’s our problem. That’s our world’s problem. Let’s do something about it. Starting today….
Father, I’m not perfect, but You are. I make mistakes, but You do not. I have sinned more times than I can count, and although You know of each moment You don’t hold them against me. You do have a desire for me to repent and wrong no more—and through the lessons You set before me, I must go through life’s obstacle courses, making decisions that will either lead to righteousness or more sin. Father, show me the correct way, stop me before I turn the wrong direction, touch my heart that I never forget our connection. Free my mind so that I am blessed with clarity and vision. Cleanse me so that I am purged and no longer have residue from what I did in my past. I ask these things with repentance in my heart. Amen.
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