“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – I John 1:9

During a recent discussion with my cardiologist, we were discussing the type of stress test I would undergo. He said the problem with a nuclear test – the one where they shoot radiological dye into your vein to take contrast pictures of the heart function – was the effect of the radiological chemical builds up in your system over time. Obviously, this has serious negative effects on our body.

That came as a bit of surprise. I figured once it coursed through the veins, it would just go wherever old blood goes as it processes out of the body. Apparently not. It just accumulates, at least the residual effects do.

As I pondered that thought, it came to me that is what sin does. It just builds up in our spiritual “system.” It may not be visible, but it is there and those effects will eventually destroy us.

I guess there isn’t anything to do about the radiation, but thank God, there is a remedy for the sin! His name is Jesus. In our verse this week, we see the prescription and the cure. Not only are we forgiven, we are cleansed.


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