If you believe the promise of I John 1:9, you will not hold against yourself the sin that God does not hold against you.
What is this promise?
- “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).
Reinforce this truth with these Scriptures
- “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness” (Psalm 131:3-4).
- “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!” (Psalm 32:2-3, NLT).
- God said, “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for my own sake; and I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25).
- “Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of his special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love. Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!” (Micah 7:18-19).
Action point – Refuse to hold against yourself the sin God forgives and does not hold against you.
- For a more in-depth look at forgiveness: Resources on forgiveness
- Audio resources: Do you struggle to forgive?
- How does being forgiven affect other relationships? – “What should you expect?”