But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
He Cleanses Us From All Sin
Doubt would have us believe that because we are sinful creatures that God will not forgive us of all our sins. There are many sins we can easily see how the Lord would forgive but there are some sins that we cannot trust that forgiveness would be granted. These are major failures in our life. We knew better and yet we followed the path of rebellion. Looking at the manner of our life we reflect upon our training from godly parents who sought to instill in our hearts a love for God and see a path of destruction rebelling against the teaching of His word. How can He forgive such a rebellious heart and give us grace from a life that was wasted on the crumbs of unrighteousness? Hearts often grapple with the guilt of a life wasted and the enduring mercy of a long-suffering Lord. For some they never gain peace from the guilt of sin that burdens the heart and pardon feels like a distant reward never to be enjoyed. Life is dull and lifeless. Exhausted from the worry of the mistakes of yesterday the Christian life becomes empty. Ironically the burden of guilt is something that expresses the incredible love of God that is willing and able to forgive all sins and He will forgive every sin when a man comes to Him with a full heart of repentance. There are no limitations with the mercy of God. He has a name for every star in the heavens and He knows every part of our lives including all the terrible things we have done. Yet in the face of this knowledge the Lord God of love and mercy grants a cleansing from all sin through the blood of His only begotten Son.
The Bible is filled with imperfect people who needed the grace of God. All of the characters of scripture failed God. Some are recorded with great failures in life like David and Peter. The chapter of faith in Hebrews 11 is a testimony to the incredible measures of faith of the men and women who trusted in the mercy of God. Contained in this list is a former prostitute who became part of the lineage of Jesus Christ and the seemingly uncontrollable Samson. It is easy to see why Enoch, Moses and David are in the list but Rahab and Samson? Forgiveness. The Lord God of mercy and grace granted forgiveness to all those who served Him and loved Him. One of the reasons the Holy Spirit tells the story of so many people in scripture is to show the longsuffering and majesty of God’s forgiving love. There were many people who rebelled against the Lord and felt His wrath in their disobedience. The nation of Israel was granted many times the extended love of God and many did not change their lives – but many did and found salvation. Jesus did not die because we deserved anything. His death was measured by the enormity of our sin and He paid the price to redeem us from all of our sin. Every sin. Each sin. The big ones and the little ones. He gave His life to take away all of my sin and make me clean. There is nothing His blood cannot remove in my life. David committed adultery, deceit, caused a man to get drunk and murdered Uriah and then lied about the whole affair – and because of his penitent heart God forgave him.
Eternal life is granted through the forgiveness of all sin by the grace of a loving God who is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, of great kindness relenting from doing harm to those who seek Him. No sin is left when God forgives. Our Father takes away all the sin that has plagued our life and buries them in the bottom of the sea and removing them as far as the east is from the west. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from ALL sin. If God is willing to take away our sin we should have the faith to let Him. Satan wants to remind us of our failures but God wants us to see our victories in His grace. Sin does not have to have dominion over us any longer because God has shed His love in our hearts and granted the joy of cleansing through the sacrifice of His Son on the cross. When God forgives it is total. Praise the Lord for His abundant mercy.