I Did It

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One of the hardest things to say is, “I did it.”

When we were children and we did things that we knew our parents didn’t want us to do, we hoped that it would never be discovered. Of course, it usually ended up in a mess, which our parents were trying to help us avoid. At some point we might lie about it. We might make up a story and blame someone else. Ultimately, though, we had to admit. I did it. If our parents were godly people, they offered forgiveness and encouragement to follow their instructions.

Even though we learn that lesson as children, as adults we still struggle to do everything the way God has asked us to. We fight our own will, the temptations of the world, and even worry about pleasing other people more than pleasing God. We are not alone in this – everyone struggles with disobedience to God. Just as we hoped our parents would forgive us, we hope that God will forgive us also.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9

This should make us sigh with relief. Maybe we might shed a tear – because being forgiven is one of the most precious gifts God gives us. John tells us that the forgiveness of our sins comes on the heels of confession. When is the last time you told God what you did, specifically, and just let it all out in prayer to Him? Generic requests for forgiveness do not carry the same power that specific confession offers. It’s not that God is unaware of your sin. He won’t be surprised by it. He already knows. But a perfect and perfectly gracious God wants you to be aware of your sin and to bring it before Him so you can work on that together. A few verses prior to 1 John 1:9, John tells us:

…If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. -1 John 1:7

Forgiveness is a special gift from God because it cost him significantly: the death of his son Jesus. Don’t hesitate to say to God, “I did it” … He wants to give you the forgiveness and grace that comes only through Jesus.