“Free Indeed” (1 John 1: 7, NEB) by Carley Evans


“We are being cleansed from every sin by the blood of Jesus His Son,” writes the author of 1 John. The act of cleansing us is not ours, but God’s. This act occurs through His Son’s blood, not through our blood. Jesus’ blood cleanses us from every sin, not only from some sin.

As Jesus makes us free, we are free indeed.

Yet, “if we claim to be sinless, we are self-deceived and strangers to the truth.” (1 John 1: 8) Our part in this process is to recognize our sins, confess them, turn from them even if we must recognize them repeatedly, confess them repeatedly, and turn from them repeatedly. Our task is to trust in Jesus’ cleansing blood, which covers us with His righteousness and not our own.

Jesus’ disciples ask how many times we must forgive; Jesus says that forgiveness has no bounds. Forgiveness is limitless as is God’s mercy. For mercy triumphs over judgment.