If 1 John 1:9 were not in the Bible, what would we miss? What kind of impact would it have on our lives if God had left it out? We would miss one of the foundational truths in all the Scriptures. John tells us that God can do something to relieve the burden and guilt of sin. We all violate His standard and feel guilty about it. How comforting to know that we can go to God, confess it, and He will forgive us. What hope this verse gives! However, the truth does not stop there. John tells us not only can we find forgiveness, but He will “purify us from all unrighteousness.” It is one thing to be forgiven, but it is something more to be cleansed. The guilt can be taken away because we have experienced His forgiveness and have been cleansed. We do not have to keep repeating it and continually seek God’s forgiveness. What sin in your life do you need to confess and seek forgiveness from God? From what sin in your life do you need to be cleansed? You do not have to live under the burden of guilt. Do not allow Satan to neutralize you with your past sin. Go to God and allow His forgiveness and cleansing to give you peace and hope.