If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

– 1 John 1:8-9 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

The gospel gives us an interesting paradox: to be free from sin we must recognize its grip on our lives. In other words, sin is a reminder that we need a Savior! No matter how long one has walked with Christ, we are in constant need of forgiveness. Yet this confession of sin creates another force — righteousness. As we look to Christ, his righteousness truly cleanses us. To live IN Christ is the wisdom of God to keep us in relationship and to guard us from pride.

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