The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Today’s Scripture & Insight: 1 John 1:9
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When we feel we can’t be forgiven, we can sink into a deep depression. Often we don’t know where to turn. We can become confused. Our enemy satan can be relentless in telling us one lie after another. He tells us that God does not care and we can’t be forgiven for what we did. He whispers, “You crossed the line and you might as well give up.”

My great uncle, as a young father, had an affair with another woman and got her pregnant. He later committed suicide, and my grandfather was the one who found him. Sometimes when we commit sins, we begin to listen to the lies of the enemy. When we do that, it usually does not end well.

The good news is Jesus gave his life on the cross for all of our sins. There were none left out, no matter how bad we may think they are. Maybe you feel beaten up today by the enemy who is telling you, “You can’t be forgiven.” Jesus tells us in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

The Lord tells us more truth in 1 John 1:9., But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 

When we sin, we feel dirty, but when we ask God to forgive, He cleans us up and lifts us out of the pit we are in. As we listen to the Lord, He gives us the courage to move forward no matter how difficult the situation. As we admit our failings to God and others, the healing process can begin. 

Praise the Lord who forgives and heals! To hear how Jonah dealt with his sin listen here:

 The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Jn 10:10). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
 Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (1 Jn 1:9). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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