One of the most reassuring promises I know of as a Christian is found in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” As we look back on the decisions that the Holy Spirit impressed on our hearts to make at the purity conference, it very well could be that you’ve already had to ask the Lord’s forgiveness for something you committed to do or not to do. Let me perhaps be the first to encourage you that there is no shame in being cleansed again. God has made provision for our shortcomings. As our verse says, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. His mercy is abundant and the blood He shed on Calvary is sufficient to cover the sins of all mankind for their whole lifetime. What an amazing truth that is! The real shame then is allowing your sin to keep you from dipping again into the cleansing flow Christ offers. Proverbs 24:16 says, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again; but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” Even this verse offers comfort and encouragement in the fact that it refers to the man who has fallen seven times (probably in the same sin) as a just man. We can look to the example of King David who wrote in Psalm 51:1 following his adultery with Bathsheba, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” Sinner though he was, God still used him to pen one of the most beautiful portions of Scripture there is and provided our Savior through his family. What is God planning to use you to do for His glory if you will be the just young man or woman that rises up again and confesses their sin to Him?
—Mrs. Diana Brown
First Baptist Church Tipton, IN