Daily Devotional for Tuesday December 05, 2017

Scripture:

1 John 1:9 (NASB) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Observation:

I knew what I had to do. Sometimes things don't go as planned. You say things or act a certain way that hurt others. I have been guilty of both at times, and when it's over, I found myself asking for forgiveness from those I hurt. Forgiveness is something we need to ask for. It's not usually given until we come clean with our faults. Today's verse speaks of confessing our sins and God is faithful and righteous to forgive us and cleanse us. What a wonderful thought, but the key is coming clean. Confessing our sin is really asking for forgiveness and being truthful with ourselves and with God. I have had to ask for forgiveness, and I thank God, the person accepted my confession. Only after that can we truly begin again and start over. It's a wonderful feeling to get the pain behind you and move on to a new beginning. Is there someone you need to ask forgiveness from? Have you confessed your sin before God? He is faithful to forgive, but we need to do our part! Come to think of it, that's what the cross was all about, our forgiveness.

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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