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.”
One thing that I have constantly tried to get people to understand about God is that there is no way that we could ever define His magnificence. Throughout the Scriptures, you will find several names of God, and the purpose of every name is to reveal to man another part of God. When man tries to understand God, he will fail because there is no way that a finite man will understand an infinite God.
One of the verses that gives us another look at the magnitude of God is the verse above. Though this verse is assuring the believer that God will forgive them if they will confess their sin to Him, that in itself is not the only truth that we find in this verse. Let me show you five things this verse teaches us about God.
First, we see that God is a trustworthy God. Confessing your sins to someone is not always advised because they could use that knowledge against you. However, to confess your sins to God shows His trustworthiness that He will not reveal what you have told Him to others, and He will not hold against you what He knows about you.
Second, we see that God is a faithful God. What a comfort for the believer to know that God is faithful to do what He says He will do. We live in a world where it is hard to find anyone who is faithful, but you can always be assured that God is faithful to follow through on what He has promised. When looking for someone who is faithful, look no further than God.
Third, we see that God is a just God. In other words, God is not going to treat you differently from how He treats another. What God has done for one He will do for all. Yes, God is just to forgive you of your sin, but His character is just in all things. God’s blessings upon another can be yours if you do what that other person has done because God is a just God who will bless any person who does right.
Fourth, we see that God is a forgiving God. Oh, the comfort this gives that God will forgive us if we confess our sin to Him. God never holds against the believer anything that they have done, but He forgives them and moves on. Man may hold bitterness and grudges against a person who has wronged him, but God will forgive the person who hurts Him no matter how bad the hurt may have been.
Fifth, we see that God is a powerful God. This verse does not say that God will cleanse us from “some” unrighteousness, but that He will cleanse us from “all unrighteousness.” It should encourage you that there is nothing that God cannot cleanse out of your life. There is no sin that goes so deep or is too big that God cannot cleanse it from your life.
Now, if God is all of these, wouldn’t it be good if every believer strove to have these same attributes in their life? My friend, we are to be like God, and the fact that God is faithful and trustworthy to forgive when people sin means that you should be just as forgiving and trustworthy as He is to do the same. The best testimony you can have is that no person can do anything that you are not willing to give another chance for God to do something in their life. I would much rather be in disfavor with man to be like God in believing in the restoration of people than to be in favor with the Devil who is out to destroy the fallen believer.