1:1 John 1:7-9(NIV): But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Be honest with yourself for a moment. How often do you stop to address the sin in your life and then go to God in prayer asking for forgiveness of those sins? Sin is not something most of us feel comfortable discussing with others and we often push our sin aside and make the choice not to deal with it. We allow the evil one to whisper in our ear and say that it’s just a little sin; it won’t make a difference in your relationship with God. But the truth is that sin damages your relationship with God. To be perfectly clear: sin disrupts the relationship between you and God.
I was explaining to my daughter the other day about how we first had to connect to the internet using a dial up connection. She is accustomed to being able to get on the internet instantly and couldn’t imagine a time when you had to wait several minutes to get a connection. And often after getting connected, you would lose your connection. I remember how frustrated I was when that would happen!
Our relationship with God operates in the same way. We sin, and we confess our sin to God, and sometimes it takes a while for God to restore us back into full fellowship with him. While we are waiting for that connection with God to go through, he is correcting, teaching, and helping us to learn from our mistakes, and our sin. After a while, we are connected with God again, but when we stumble and revert back to our sinful ways, we once again lose that connection with God and we are forced to start all over. We must learn to overcome our sin problem so that we can avoid having our relationship with God disrupted.
In our house, we now have a high speed internet connection and we have become accustomed to accessing the internet very quickly. This is exactly what God has in mind for us in our own personal relationship with him. God wants us to be able to gain access to him instantly and he wants to keep a continuous, personal connection to each one of us. Sin disrupts that connection and that is not God’s desire or intention for our life and our daily walk with God.
God wants us to deal with our sin and to approach God and confess our sin and then to ask for forgiveness of our sin. Our scripture from 1 John 1:8 reminds us: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” We must recognize and name our sin, ask God for forgiveness, and then pray for our relationship with God to be restored. Anything less and we are simply deceiving ourselves.
God wants to maintain an uninterrupted connection with us so that he can use us for his purpose and lead us into a more fulfilling life that is lived out for His glory. If we deal with the problem of sin, we can live a life that glorifies God in our daily walk with Him and we can live out the purpose for our life that God created us for.
The Apostle John gives us good news about what occurs when we deal with our sin in the right way: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”