Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
People need motivation or a reason to do something that is not normal. Those that do things that are not normal have some type of motivation to keep them moving forward on a different path.
It is motivation to make money or have a certain position that moves a person to go above and beyond the normal person in their work. Or the desire for a healthy body motivates a person to exercise more. The successful person is one who has pushed through all the obstacles to get what he wanted.
Believers have a motivation to do things that the majority of the rest of the world will not do. Their motivation is found in the promises of God. God promised He would forgive those who repent. God promised that those who follow Jesus would be able to enter heaven and have eternal life.
Throughout the entire Bible God has given many different promises to those who believe. With those promises, it can motivate a person to want to live for God. To live for God is to keep one’s self from anything that is impure. Bad thoughts, bad actions, bad words, and any other sin.
Jesus has purified a believer of all sin. Now it is up to the believer to strive to keep from polluting the body with any more sin. This is not done to get saved, but out of reverence and respect for what Jesus has already done for the person. A person cannot do anything more to be more saved, but does things because he has been saved.
Each person has different things that they must purify themselves from. Each person sins in different ways and at different times.
Seek God to find out what you may have allowed in your life that is contaminating your body and spirit. These things could be physical or spiritual, but both can be polluting. Ask God to help you purify yourself from anything that is bad.
Jesus has already forgiven you, now just live for God in a pure and holy way of living. With God’s strength and guidance this can be accomplished. Do all of this out of love for God and for what Jesus has already done for you.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that God will reveal dark areas in your life; that God will strengthen you to get rid of all garbage in your life; and that you will live for God with all of your heart.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
It has already been shown that everyone has sin in their lives. John just finished stating that if one claims he is without sin is a living in deception and has no truth in him. Now comes the question of what to do about those sins.
John tells you to confess your sins. This means to admit that you have sinned and what you have done to sin. Each person knows what he has done that is wrong. Many people try to cover it up or play it off as not important, but God does not want that.
You are to admit your sins to God. Remember that God already knows what you have done wrong, nothing is hidden from Him. The purpose for confessing your sins is so that God can forgive you and cleanse you from sin.
Jesus came for the purpose to save everyone from their sins. He loves to forgive and cleanse you from your sins. It is one of His great joys to do so. It fulfills His purpose for coming to the earth and dying on the cross.
John now tells you that He (God) is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins. He is faithful in that you can count on Him to forgive you. He will not let you down.
God is also just to forgive you also. This is that by following God’s character and His own rules He has to forgive you. He must forgive because He is a God of love.
Not only does God forgive you of your sins, He also purifies you from your sins. This wipes those sins out. In wiping out the sins, there is not even the remembrance of them.
All of this information is to give you peace and joy. It tells you that you can be forgiven and cleansed of sin. Many people have a hard time believing that God will forgive them. This is false. Nothing you do is so bad that if you confess God will not forgive you.
It also gives you peace knowing that God does not remember all those past sins you had done once you have confessed them.
I pray that today you will confess all of your sins to God; that God will give you His peace that you have been forgiven and cleansed; that you will see God’s faithfulness; and that God will make you more like Jesus everyday.