November 8, 2008
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
The office workers couldn't believe it.
A car's fender had been crumpled while it sat in the parking lot. That's no surprise; fender benders happen.
The surprise was the note left on the window. It read: "The people who saw me hit your car are watching me write this note. They think I'm leaving my name and address, so you can call me and get my insurance number so your car will be fixed. I'm not writing that note at all. You will never know who hit your car. I do hope you have good insurance, because I don't have any."
How's that for obnoxious?
Of course, if we're honest, we have to admit we've done the same thing.
Many of us refuse to own up to our mistakes, errors, and sins. We try to cover them up, so nobody will notice, no one will judge us, so everyone will think the best of us.
Indeed, many of us believe we can fool all the people all the time. Sometimes we can fool the people, but we can never fool the Lord. He knows all of our "fender benders", and He isn't pleased with them.
So that we might have our "fender benders"fixed, so our sins might be forgiven, the Lord sent His Son to take our place under the law, to resist the devil's temptations, to conquer death.
So our sins might be taken away, Jesus forgives and saves us. For His kindness all He asks is an acknowledgment of our sin, and recognition that He has paid our debts. John said it better than I: If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Which all means: we don't have to cover up anymore.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for sending Your Son to save me and forgive me. I come to You today with a humble heart and ask You to forgive my sins. In Christ's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries