April - 26 - Friday

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.
1 John 5:13

God said so


I was brought up in a Christian family. For a long time as a child I thought I was lost. During the day that didn't trouble me, but when night fell and I lay in bed, I often wondered,

“Supposing I die tonight or the Lord Jesus comes to fetch the believers, will I be lost for ever?”

I knew what God expects of us. So I confessed my sins to Him once again and asked for forgiveness. Yet I was never sure that He had truly forgiven me.

One night, when I was 17 years old, I thought in dismay: “Praying doesn’t help me at all. I have so often asked God to save me, but nothing has changed.”

At that moment God made me think of the verse: “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). Could that promise of His forgiveness be any clearer?

I realized that my sins had been forgiven on that first occasion when I had sincerely confessed them to God. The error lay not with God, but with me. I had failed to trust His promise. From that moment I had peace, and my conscience stopped accusing me. My sins were forgiven! I now knew that for sure, because God had said so.

When we turn to God and confess our sins to Him, He is ready to forgive the guilt of our life.

Then we are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3, 24).