Father God, your word is sharper than a two-edged sword. It cuts right to the heart of every matter. It says that I lie if I say I have no sin. There is no way around that one. Father, forgive me, because I mess up and do and say things that break your heart. On the other side of the sword, it says that if I confess my sin to you, you are faithful and just to forgive me. Not only that, but also you promise to purify me from all unrighteousness. Lord, I’m pierced by two words in that promise: ‘purify’ and ‘all.’ You will cleanse, wash away, move my sin as far as the east is from the west, and make me right with you. You don’t stratify or choose which ones you take away, you promise to deal with all, as in ‘ALL’ I’ve done against you. When I come to you, you see me, you hear me, you forgive me, you purify me. You stand in the shadows to see your word performed. You keep your promises. I humbly stand on your promises and forgiveness. You are holy, just and worthy. I pray in the name and authority of Jesus, who brought forgiveness to the cross for me, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 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: 8-9 ESV)