If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (1Jo 1:9-2:2)
One of the reasons it’s so important to bring Pennsylvania law back under God’s law is because godly civil law helps people to recognize their need for Jesus (Rom 7:7). When we recognize that we have broken the law, it helps us to realize that we are sinful, and in need of a Savior who will take the punishment for our crimes. Jesus was crucified for this very reason, because of His love for us, that our sin might be placed on His shoulders as our innocent substitute.
We speak a lot about abortion and homosexuality in this campaign as two decriminalized evils that have become socially acceptable. Many people in our culture are guilty of one or both; I myself had several homosexual encounters as a child. There are two ways in which guilty people respond to God restoring the rule of law, and calling people to repent of their sin — one is to deny that they are doing anything wrong (calling God a liar), and the other is to confess their sins and ask for His forgiveness. The latter option (realism) is the only one that leads to peace with God and eternal life.
As the apostle John wrote in the passage above, forgiveness begins with confessing our sins — agreeing with God that we are lawbreakers. Until we are willing to acknowledge reality, we will never have peace with God, or know Him as our heavenly Father. We confess our sins, turning from them and returning to God; this “turning” from sin is what it means to “repent.” When we repent, God is both faithful to forgive our sin, and just in doing so, because He punished our sin on the cross through the death of His Son.
In confession, it’s important to see our sin in the full light of what scripture says that it is, because that is what honesty with God requires of us. If you are guilty of abortion for example, it’s important to recognize that it is a form of murder, the killing of an innocent human being, a child who is created in the image of God. As painful as that may be, honesty allows us to receive the free gift of God’s love and mercy. However great our sins may be, God’s love and forgiveness is greater still, and this is a tremendous comfort to sinners like you and me. King David wrote the following beautiful song after confessing his sin of adultery and murder:
Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer…
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin…
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. (Psa 32:2-5, 9-10)
Whatever guilt you may have in your life, know that forgiveness is available to you right now, as a free gift through Jesus’ willing sacrifice on the cross. But if you stubbornly resist God’s work to convict you of that sin, there is nothing for you but the fearful expectation of God’s eternal wrath in Hell.
Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (Mat 13:40-43)
If you want to be righteous, that doesn’t happen by reducing the standard of right and wrong to match your behavior. When I committed homosexual acts, I had to repent — to confess my sin, turn from it, and trust in Jesus’ forgiveness. In that repentance, He took my sins, and gave me His righteousness (2Co 5:21)
You too can repent of your sins, simply by confessing them to the Lord in prayer, and asking for His forgiveness. He will then forgive you, and give you His Holy Spirit to help you in turning from your sin. If you don’t yet know Jesus, I beg you to please turn to Him today, while you still have time. If you do, I guarantee that you will find no better king and friend than the one who gave His life for you.
My Platform: REPENT
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. (Jhn 3:16-19)
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