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 HCSB)
This has always been one of my favorite verses. It is such a promise and encouragement. We sin daily and knowing that we can be forgiven and cleansed is an undeserved blessing, that we should never take for granted. As a teen, I had a teacher who referred to this verse as the "Christian's Bar of Soap". Just like real soap and bodily cleanliness, we have to use it to get clean!
Many times we live in our sin, instead of confessing, receiving forgiveness and moving on to do better.
During this time of Lent, I pray that God will reveal any hidden sins and that I will confess, receive forgiveness and be clean!
This prayer has been included in one of my Lenten readings and the more I pray it, the more God is showing me.
Help me, Lord Jesus, die to self this day. (silence)
Light of the world, shine into my darkness. (silence)
Jesus, show me how to serve the members of Your Body. (silence)
Enliven my spirit as I reveal myself to You in written word. (silence)
I pray that something I share on this Blog will help someone to grow closer to God. Then Easter can be a glorious celebration of our risen Savior and the newness of life we can have in Him!