Prayerful RetreatHow often do you have a “prayerful retreat” with God?
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Nobody is perfect but Christ. However, we cannot use that as an excuse to justify our sins. God says in 1 John 1:9 that He is willing to forgive our sins but only if we confess that sin. The verse further says,(which many choose to exclude when quoting), that God is faithful and JUST to forgive... Faithful means His word is true; He cannot/will not contradict Himself. "Just" could be better explained by an analogy. A repeat offender stands before a judge and each time says that he is sorry and pleads for forgiveness claiming that he/she would change. A just judge would eventually pass judgement on account that the offender's repeated actions do not indicate a reformation of character. That is what it means to confess our sins to God. We agree with God that we have sinned and we genuinely attempt, by God's grace, to turn from that sinful behavior. We do not take God's mercy for granted by excusing our sin by saying things like "I'm only human..." or "Nobody's perfect..." God DOES NOT understand why one would continue to do the things that caused Him to send His Son to be beaten beyond the recognition of being human, disgraced, and nailed to a cross and not feel genuinely convicted enough to turn from(repent of)their sins. God commands us all to repent and belive the Good News(Gospel)-Mark 1:15. He promises that those who do He will "... cleanse of all unrighteousness." 1 Corinthians 13:5 says to examine ourselves to see whether our faith is genuine. Let's let 1 John 2:3-6 be the gauge by which we examine ourselves.