Renewing Fellowship with Jesus

Rain is so cleansing. Hundreds of thousand of tiny water drops hit against flower petals, grass, leaves and everything beneath the cloud from which water drops are released.

The gentle flow of the rain water over flower petals in the photo washes away dirt to reveal the flower’s natural colors.

Sin in our lives can be compared to the  dirt covering the petals before the rain. The flower colors are dulled by the dirt. Sin dulls or tarnishes our fellowship with God.

There is an easy fix for this problem and it is found in  1 John 1:9, which says:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

It is important to know that the Greek word use for “forgive” in this verse is charizomai, which like the cleansing rain restores fellowship.

Charizomai it the type of forgiveness between fellow believers. In 1 John 1:9, our confessing our sins to God doesn’t give God information He didn’t already know. Instead, we are acknowledging that our actions were wrong. The separation or dulling of our fellowship with God has to do with our attitude. God is always there–He is faithful and just to forgive us –restoring fellowship.

See Aphiemi, another Greek word for forgiveness.