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Daily Devotional – November 28


My daughter is a daddy’s girl. She was about four years old when she wrote on the wall for the second time–behind the chest of drawers where Dad couldn’t see it. For about a day she remained aloof–not interested in crawling into my lap for a story, not wanting to play games–generally avoiding. A day later, with big tears in her eyes she confessed her small crime.

With her simple confession hanging out with Dad was fun again.

1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Ask your fellow Christian to explain this verse and you will get an explanation like: “Well, any time you do something wrong you have to get forgiveness, and…in order for you to get forgiveness you need to be really really sorry for your sins.”

First thing wrong with this is when Christ died on the cross for the sins of those who accept him he forgave our sins, past, present and future. Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14

Second thing is the verse says NOTHING about being sorry or apologetic, that we simply must CONFESS (admit) that we did wrong. Confess a fault and remorse is likely to come–but not always.

Why do we confess our sins? Because if we don’t admit our faults we don’t exactly want hang out with our righteous “Dad.” I John 1:6-7



November 28, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. Thanks for this post. How true it is. Confession is good for the soul and our relationship with “Daddy”.

    Comment by iluv2prshim | November 28, 2006 | Reply

  2. Ditto!

    Comment by writeathome | November 28, 2006 | Reply

  3. Hi iLuv & Carol!

    This is one verse that always stumped me in times past, and it was much later in life before I understood it in its context. I never understood why we were to continually ask forgiveness of our sins if Christ had already forgiven all of them on the cross–when we accepted him as our personal savior. I now understand that this verse in its context speaks of our relationship to God and how we are with him–allowing sin to come between ourselves and Him, making us desirous to break our fellowship with Him. So, yes, iluv, it is what keeps us wanting to “hang out” with God. 🙂

    God bless!


    Comment by bereans | November 29, 2006 | Reply

  4. That’s what I realize about our relationship with Him. We confess our sins, pray for forgiveness, pray for the strength to avoid sin and wrongdoing. I feel so much better upon confessing my sins to Him, it really is cathartic, if that is the appropriate term to use, but I think you catch my drift.

    And we’re human- we are going to sin, no matter how hard we try not to. And sin I realize isn’t just in our physical actions or spoken words, it can also be in our thoughts- being angry, envious, coveting that which does not belong to us (ok, you got me, Ive looked at other men’s wives before and I will stop right there).

    Comment by chickenhawk | November 29, 2006 | Reply

  5. Good to know you’re a man, CH! We’re all subject to those things.


    Comment by bereans | November 29, 2006 | Reply

  6. Proverbs 28:13 – He who conceals his sins prospers not, but he who confesses and forsakes them obtains mercy.

    Proverbs: a true guide to life. I find myself immersed in Proverbs, and sometimes I realize that I dont devote time to other books in the Bible. Something I truly need to do. But man, at least two or three things I find that stand out each day in Proverbs, and it is such a comforting place to go each day.

    Comment by chickenhawk | November 30, 2006 | Reply

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