1 John 1:5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.
7 But if we are living in the light,
as God is in the light,
then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Vs 9 is one of the foundational verses of those who follow Jesus.
Key words of the verse? Confess, faithful, just, forgive, cleanse.
We see our part in the equation: we gotta own up to who we are & what we've done
Because He is Who He is (faithful & just), He forgives.
Anybody got a lot in their lives that needs forgiving, besides me?
And not only does He forgive, He cleans out all that rot gut that comes as a living, breathing infection in our lives, as a result of sinning.
Anybody need a cleaning out besides me?
These are just a few short verses, but they contain a pillar of truth for those of us who claim to be Christ followers - if we own up, ask for forgiveness, He WILL forgive us & clean us out.wow...