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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Freedom from Sin (1 John)

How can we find freedom from sin? It starts with realizing our sins and confessing them to Jesus, the high priest of our confession. But that's not easy is it? Our sins are the biggest roadblock preventing us from attaining freedom, joy, strength and eternal life.

It seems like this struggle of holding onto our sins rather than letting go of them and confessing them boils down to two main things: 1) a feeling of pride and 2) a feeling of unworthiness.

Pride is the root of all sin. Pride is the feeling that we deserve whatever desire has caught our eyes that is sinful. We try to justify that desire as not really bad even though we know good and well that it is against God's design for us.

Pride says, I'm going to do it anyway whether it involves sexual immorality, greed, our relationship with God, or our relationship with others. Our pride makes us want to be on the throne of our lives rather than submitting to Jesus as the Lord God of our lives.

The other challenge in realizing and confessing our sins is the feeling of unworthiness. We are taught at an early age that we must work hard to attain even basic needs. Things are not just handed to us. So how in the world could the most important thing of all, our salvation and eternal life, be something that we don't have to work for?

When we realize that our sins put Jesus on the cross, we naturally want to do something to work out our sins. We feel so unworthy of accepting His free gift of salvation:

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

But Scripture is very clear that because we are flawed, imperfect beings, we can never do enough good works to pay the price for even one of our sins:

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Only Jesus, who is God, the 2nd person of the trinity, who took on human flesh and lived a sinless life could be the perfect sacrificial lamb to atone for our sins: past, present, and future. Because of His sacrifice in our place, Jesus is the high priest of our confession:

Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;

In fact, Jesus promises that if we will just turn from our sins and submit to Him as the Lord God of our lives, He will cleanse us from all of our sins so that we can be forever united with Him for all eternity rather than suffering in eternal darkness without Him.

1 John 1:9-10 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Dear Lord, No matter how much I want to live for You, I still struggle against sin daily. Lord, please cleanse me from my sin, forgive me from all unrighteousness, and help me keep the eyes of my heart on You so that sin has no place in my thoughts or my actions. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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