'If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive...' (1 John 1. 9)

Elton John famously wrote that 'sorry seems to be the hardest word'. It is certainly sometimes very difficult to admit our mistakes - to others, and to ourselves, and to God!

But it is only when we 'come clean' that we can really be made clean again. The Bible teaches that when we say sorry for our mistakes and mean it, then God's nature is to forgive us and cleanse us from our sin. Sin seems a rather heavy and old-fashioned word but basically it just means those things we do (or fail to do) which hurt others and damage our relationships, including ultimately our relationship with God.

We are made in God's image - so the things we do wrong stop his light shining through us. We forget that every other person is also made in God's image - and so it's easy to think that it doesn't really matter if we hurt them. When we say that hardest word, and ask for forgiveness, something of God's image is restored in us and we can know peace again.

Who might you need to make peace with?

Do you find it easy or hard to say sorry? 

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