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1John1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and cleans us from all unrighteousness.  1John1:8-9 KJV

I imagine disapproval at time when I chose to go out of my way to do get my son something he asks for.  Why does a young adult man who is marginally contributing to the family, get the same treatment that I would give someone as those who do more?   But the phrase that comes to mind for me is “unmerited favor.”    My kids know that they can ask.  I enjoy them and respect that they do not take advantage of my love and care for them.   I am pretty sure they know that I have no ledger of who “deserves what”.   This was something I was thinking about just last night.

  And today it so happened that my reading was 1John1:8—9 .    The picture that came to mind as I read this was changing diapers.   I changed my babies and cleaned them every time they dirtied their diapers.  No matter how many times a day, season after season, I changed them and cleaned them.  I didn’t keep track of how many times I had to change and clean them either.  I think by the third child I realized that learning to use the potty had more to do with how much they wanted to imitate me and their siblings than it did any disapproval or approval from me.   I am surely not using the fact that I changed and cleaned them as babies as a reason to call in favors or good behavior from them.

     In a small way that is how I see the unmerited favor in which God is faithful to forgive us our sin and cleans us from all unrighteousness.   Sin is something I am going to do, and it stinks who am I kidding?   But, no matter how many times I soil myself,   God is willing to clean me off and give me a kiss on the head and a pat on the bottom and send me on my way.   I can remember as a toddler, having an “accident” and being old enough to “know better” I tried to hide my soiled clothes…DISASTER.    What was different …shame.  Maybe that is a reason we are to be like little children…Willing to be washed clean!