1 John 1:8–10 (ESV)
Walking in the Light
we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we
make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
This reading today is part of our liturgy. The beauty of our liturgy is that it is built around
God’s Word, not man’s word. To those who see the liturgy as boring, they are missing the connection between God’s Word and our worship. Even if I fail in my sermon… or even omitted my sermon… the liturgy has my back.
When we confess our sins in the worship service, we are confessing our sins and the Word of God. The Lutheran Study Bible states: John writes about faithfulness in our walk with God. Our sinful pride rejects God’s Word and seeks to deceive
us so that we might not know ourselves as we are or know God as He has revealed Himself. God sees our true nature, and in Christ He reveals His nature, which is both just and gracious to us. For those who confess their sins, God is always faithful to His promise
to forgive. This is just and right because of His Son, who has paid the price for our sins.
I pray: Heavenly Father, give us hearts to believe and to know
ourselves as we are. Then we may truthfully confess our sins, trusting in Your forgiveness and mercy. Amen.