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Remain Faithful

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Life ChangeGod’s grace is amazing as the song – Amazing Grace – records (isn’t that one of your favorite older hymns?).  One of the best promises in the Bible – IMHO (in my humble opinion) – is this one about the forgiveness of sins. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace and forgiveness. Today’s passage speaks of God’s desire to forgive. 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Most of us have experienced deals before – like if you do something – I will do something. As children I remember getting notes passed in school – with if you like me – I will like you. As adults we learn that if we work at a certain job – the boss will pay us a certain paycheck. I’m sure we can all come up with if you I will life experiences. We have one in today’s passage when we’re told if we confess our sins – He will forgive our sins.

I’m a third generation pastor – my father and my grandfather were both Methodist pastors. My nephew is a fourth generation Methodist (now United Methodist) pastor. My son-in-law is a pastor as well – Assemblies of God. Our family has long stood on the Word of God – and the Word is filled with a call to confess and repent – while waiting for the promised forgiveness.

Starting Sunday we will begin a new sermon series titled – Remain Faithful. We will dig into 2 Timothy and Paul’s call to the early church to remain faithful. This month may be very important for our local church and for our denomination. In this series we will look at ways of remaining faithful. As we search God’s Word – we will seek ways to remain faithful to God and His truth.

All this month coming the devotional thoughts will center on the idea of remaining faithful. I can remember – from my childhood days – attending sawdust camp meetings and revivals – all over the tri-state area (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia). We often were called to remain faithful to our Lord and to His Word – the Bible. We are praying for a great movement of the Holy Spirit on our church family. I pray that many will come to know Jesus and many will be reminded to remain faithful during the month.

The Old Testament reminds us to be faithful – to return to God’s truth. 2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. God is too big to fit into any box or category we wish to place Him. We are called to conform to His pattern rather than the world’s pattern – in today’s passage – that means to confess – to humble ourselves and come to God for forgiveness.

If we truly seek after Christ and strive to be like Him – with our whole being – minds – souls – and bodies – we will be welcomed by Christ and forgiven when we fail. We are called to love God with our all – Luke 10:27 – He answered, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on your way.

P.S. – Each day in 2019 – as we approach February 23rd and the Special General Conference of the UMC – spend 5 minutes praying for the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of the delegates. Thanks.

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