This is the free student devotional for Let Hope In, Session 5: Hope Renewed.
Listen to the song, “That’s How You Forgive” by Shane and Shane. Then, reflect on today’s Scripture passage.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” —1 John 1:9
Confess v. Owning up to wrongdoing and bringing our lives into line with God’s goodness and commands.
Carefully read 1 John 1:9-10 in your Bible. Ponder these questions:
• We’d probably never say the words out loud, but what are some ways we imply that we believe we haven’t sinned? Journal your ideas and your thoughts about them.
• What does it mean to your life, practically, that God is faithful to forgive your sins?
God is faithful to forgive our sins when we confess them to Him. If we pretend that we don’t need Him to forgive us, then we don’t know Him at all.
Behind the Story
First John was written to churches that were being attacked by false teaching. The false teachers minimized the seriousness of sin, and led the church to believe that it was possible to be in right standing with God regardless of behavior. How do you see that lie being taught today?
Evaluate yourself based on the following questions:
• Do I recognize my sins and turn from them, or do I usually ignore or defend them, instead?
• Am I carrying around guilt and shame over my sins? Why?
Thank God for His faithfulness to forgive. Then, invite Him to reveal to you sins that you need to confess. Do it now. Jot down anything He reveals to you by His Holy Spirit or His Word.
To learn more about the God’s faithful forgiveness, read Psalm 86:4-5; 103:8-12; Proverbs 28:13; and Isaiah 55:6-7.
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