Athlete, You Are Completely Forgiven

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

It happens to everybody at some point in their career.  You strike out, miss a play, drop a ball, make a wrong move, or lose a game.  It's very easy to hold onto those mistakes and have them define who we are.  Think about a time where you or a teammate made a mistake.  How did you respond?  How did you feel toward your teammate?

Or what about making mistakes outside of sport?  What are those mistakes that are called sin?  I know some people think that they haven't done anything "that bad" so they don't consider themselves a sinner.  However, because of the fall that took place with Adam and Eve, we are born with a sin nature.  Sin comes from an archery term meaning anything other than perfection.

Romans 2:23 says, "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."  No matter if it's cheating on a test, judging others, being self centered, dishonest, having pride or having a bitterness in your heart, those are all considered sin.

Here is the best news you'll hear all day.  In Christ, you are completely forgiven. 1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Athlete, you don't have to hold onto the mistakes, in sport or life anymore.  Those things that at one time may have defined you no longer have to.  Whether in the past, present or future, you can live free from the guilt or shame you may have felt from those mistakes or sin.

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