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Justly Forgiven

If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, … the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. … If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

The one thing that we can count on when we need forgiveness is that God is and will be righteous. He will always act in a manner consistent with his love for his glory. This means he will be faithful to the death of his Son. For Jesus died in order to uphold the glory of the Father. So when we see that we have been unrighteous — have acted out of disregard for God’s glory — and confess this to the Father, he will show his delight in the Son’s great love for him by forgiving us. This also means he will not be seen as a soft-hearted sentimentalist. Because Jesus took on himself the fullness of God’s wrath for all the elect, God can righteously do good to us who have scorned his mercy and grace. By forgiving us he does not just sweep our wrongs under the rug. Because of Jesus’ death in our place, God’s sense of justice has been satisfied, so he can be just and the justifier of us who trust in Jesus.

Faithful Father, I rejoice in your integrity. Forgive me for your righteousness’ sake. Restore my love for your glory for Jesus’ sake. Amen.


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