There are times in our lives that we may do things we are not proud of. As a matter of fact, we may wish we could have a “do over”. How many times have you ever said, ”if I could only do it over again, I would do it differently.” Do you think Eve (Genesis 3) would like a “do over”?
The fact is that we sin. There is not a person who has reached maturity that has not sinned. Solomon said it like this, “Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and never sins”. (Eccl. 7:20) The wisest man on earth to that time was absolutely correct.
Later the Apostle Paul said, “For the good that I wish, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not wish. But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.” (Romans 7:19, 20) Even the godly saint and Apostle Paul struggled with sin in his life. “Well,” someone says, “If I am going to sin, why even try to live a godly life?” First, because our God calls us to live godly lives (Titus 2:12). God does not want us to live in a rebellious, selfish way before Him and others.
Secondly, so that we may live with God in heaven. Do we really believe if we lie, cheat, steal, fornicate, curse, etc., that we will one day live with God? It won’t happen unless we repent. Will we live perfect then? No, but the grace of God will wash us clean as we confess our sin to Him. I John 1:7 tells us, “but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” The word cleanses is a continuing action verb. In other words as we walk in the light the blood of Jesus covers our sins. When we do not walk in the light there is no healing power.
In I John 1:9 we read, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We must confess our sin to be forgiven. I’m a sinner. I’m in need of Jesus’ saving power. I am trying to walk with Him. Are you?