From: Rich Carlson
Date: April 12, 2021
Subject: It's April 12; Good Morning Union



“If we confess our sins, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST to forgive our sins AND to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”                   1 John 1:9

 

Another of dad’s favorites and mine as well. Confession is simply acknowledging. It’s not begging, it’s not bartering, it’s not anything except admitting- I did it, and I’m so sorry. I can try so many other things to atone for my mistakes; I can promise to never do it again, I can try and do more right things than wrong things so the scales tip in my favor, I can even attempt to justify my behavior. None of those things bring positive and lasting results.

John simply says, “Confess.”

“God I’m sorry, I was wrong, I did wrong.”

And the promise is amazing! I do one thing- confess, and He does two things! He not only forgives, He “cleanses from ALL unrighteousness!” And He does that “faithfully and justly.” “Faithfully,” because that’s what He is all about- wanting to bring us back into a relationship with Him. And “justly,” because His sacrifice gave Him the right to forgive and cleanse.

I confess and He takes care of ALL the rest. And all I can so is say, “Thank you.” Undeserved, unearned, but mine simply by confessing.

 

Have a great day experiencing the freedom that comes only from Jesus,

Pastor Rich

 

Quote for the day:      “Before you spread gossip about somebody’s life and their failures, remember, there are chapters of your life you probably don’t want read out loud either.”

 

PS        Marcus Larivaux, pastor from Allon Chapel is in Campus Ministries to offer additional pastoral support from 1-3 every Monday afternoon. You can make an appointment by contacting Pastor Larivaux at milarivaux@gmail.com or just stop by. We are very grateful that we can offer a variety of pastoral counseling for you.