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This afternoon I’ve been thinking about tomorrow’s sermon on 1 John 1:9.  This may be one of the most well-known verses in Scripture, behind perhaps John 3:16, Psalm 23, and Genesis 1:1.

It’s easy to miss the importance of a passage because of our familiarity.  How can we prepare to hear this familiar word in fresh ways?

In reflecting on the word “confess,” in the opening clause, “if we confess our sins…” I came across this statement:

We must confess our sins in order to obtain pardon; but we must see our sins in order to confess.  How few of those who think that they have confessed and been pardoned have ever seen their sin!

Lord, give me eyes to see my sins and a heart that is grieved for those sins and a willingness to quickly confess and admit my wrong for those sins.  And give me submissiveness to the Holy Spirit as He changes my sinful inclinations.