1 John 2:1
My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ the righteous One.
John instructs us that if we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If, however, we confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. He wrote these things so we would not continue in our sin but that we might receive forgiveness and walk in the light of truth. If we do sin, however, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ.
Jesus is our defense attorney before the Father. When we sin, He is at God’s right hand, interceding for us and making a defense on our behalf if we confess our sin. We cannot be free of sin unless we are willing to confess it and receive grace through forgiveness to overcome it. Otherwise, we will continue to walk in sin and be a slave to it.
Jesus died so we could walk free of sin. We cannot overcome sin on our own; we need a Savior. Regardless of how hard we may try to break an addiction or a bad habit, we cannot do it on our own. We need to confess with a repentant heart that is willing to change and receive forgiveness through grace in order to make a clean break. Otherwise, we are chained to that sin and will not be able to break free. Jesus is our advocate and intercedes for us. He is our means of grace.
If you are burdened with habitual sin that you cannot seem to shake on your own, lay it before Jesus and confess it to Him. Receive grace and forgiveness, and walk free. Only He can save you from yourself and from any sin you have befriended. Sooner or later, those old friends we’ve made reveal their true colors as we see the danger they bring, and the only way to walk free is to confess them and leave them with Christ, who has already paid the price for them. He is your advocate and mine, and He longs to free us through grace. Appeal to your advocate today, and walk free of sin and the condemnation that goes with it.
Have a blessed day!