1 John 1:5-10 discussed God's perfect solution for divine forgiveness of current
(not past) sins. John affirmed forgiveness for those in Christ of all
sins-those we know (confess) and those we do not realize (included in all
unrighteousness). He said if we denied our need for forgiveness we made Him a
liar, and His word was not in us.
Do we believe that? I do not mean do we believe God can do that. I mean, "Do I personally believe God will do that in my life?" I do not mean will God do that for a person who seeks to recover from the depths of sin. I do not mean will God do that for someone you seek to encourage. I do not mean will God do that for others in Christ. I mean will God do that for us personally in our lives.
As Christians, we usually do not have difficulty in believing God will keep His promises in other people's lives. We are more likely to have trouble in believing God will be active in our lives. If we are asked, "Will God honor this promise in the lives of others?" we usually will respond quickly, "Oh, yes!" If we are asked, "Will God honor this promise in your life?" we tend to hesitate. If we answer honestly, perhaps we might say, "Maybe," or, "I don't know."
Perhaps the most relevant issue regarding confidence in God does not involve what God can and will do for others but what God can and will do in my life. Perhaps it involves our definition of humility or the line we draw between demanding and trusting. However, confidence in God is essential in spiritual courage.
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