I Have You Covered

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 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. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10

I truly enjoy stories (in most any form) when an innocent victim is unexpectedly delivered through the unanticipated actions of another.  Justice triumphs!  I know that is gooey, unrealistic, and rarely happens.  I wish it happened more often!

It is no wonder one of my favorite passages is 1 John 1:5-10.  We certainly are not “innocent victims,” but we are often unsuspecting, arrogant victims.  This scripture affirms God is our solution to evil in any form because God is evil-less light.  Because of John’s use of “we,” I conclude he spoke to Christians. 

His message is simple: no matter what your sin, God has you covered.  Do you know your evil? Confess it!  Own what you are doing wrong, and leave it!  Are you unaware of your evil?  He forgives “all unrighteousness.”  God forgives evil in your life you do not even know about!

The only thing He will not forgive is the arrogance that denies need of this solution.  To deny we need forgiveness is the worst kind of arrogance!  It says Jesus was unnecessary!  If we are willing to confront evil in our lives, He will forgive.  However, there must be no self-deception about evil in our lives!  We are saved because we are forgiven, not because we are sinless.

What a testimony to the greatness of God’s character!  Where else can we find such kindness, consideration, mercy, and grace?  In the joy of God’s forgiveness there is wonderful assurance!  In that forgiveness, we should find great comfort!  God has us covered!  May we never stop declaring thanks to our great God!

David Chadwell
Nov. 14, 2011  *  Fort Smith, AR

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