If we walk in the light, as God is in the light, … the blood of God’s Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. … If we confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7–9
The one thing that we can count on when we need forgiveness is that God will always do what is right. He will always act in a manner consistent with his love for his glory, in a way that is faithful to his promises to care for those who love and trust him. This means he will always honor the sacrifice Jesus made. For Jesus died in order to protect God’s reputation as he acts graciously toward those of us who repent for the times we have dishonored him. So when we see that we have been unrighteous—have acted out of disregard for God’s promises to do good for us—and confess this to the Father, he will show his delight in the Son’s great love for him by forgiving us. Because of this, no one can accuse God of being a soft-hearted sentimentalist. When we admit our sin and return to entrusting our lives to God, he can righteously do good to us who had formerly 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 all who follow Jesus in the obedience of faith.
Faithful Father, I rejoice in your integrity. In your righteousness, forgive me. Restore my love for your glory for Jesus’ sake. Amen.