God promises to make us completely clean on the inside. Psalm 51:7 says, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” We can ask God to make us clean and He does. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done, it doesn’t matter how despicable we’ve been, it doesn’t matter how many we’ve hurt, God’s cleansing is thorough.
We don’t always feel clean, though, do we? We remember what we’ve done and we’re ashamed. That shame and the guilt that goes with it keep us from believing the sins are gone. We can’t accept God’s forgiveness. We become obsessed by how dirty we once were on the inside.
Yet despite how we feel, God’s cleansing is thorough. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” “All” is what it says. It doesn’t say “some,” it doesn’t say “certain sins,” it doesn’t say “except for the below-mentioned actions.” All means ALL.
Even if others haven’t forgiven us, even if we haven’t forgiven ourselves, even if we are still living with the consequences of what we’ve done, God’s forgiveness is thorough. Jesus Christ and His death on the cross paid the whole price for our sin. Because of Him, we can be as completely clean.
It’s as easy as this: “Heavenly Father, I’m sorry for my sins. I’m buried under this guilt that I deserve. But please forgive me and make me right again with You. I want to be clean again on the inside. Thank You. I know You’ve forgiven me because Your word says so. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”