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"My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John 2:1-2)

Did you catch that? John, using a term of gentle affection (little children), tells us that when we sin... remember. Remember what we already have in Jesus, the forgiveness of sins. "I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake." (1 John 2:12)

We get ourselves all worked up over sin because we think we're supposed to confess all of our sins over and over again up to this point in time in order to be forgiven all over again up to this point in time. We don't read past 1 John 1:9 and its context into chapter 2 to see what John tells believers to do when they sin: Remember. Let's talk about it in this edition of Take Five...

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