I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.(1 John [2:12])
Why should we emphasize that God loves, forgives, and saves for his own glory? Here are two reasons (among many).
1) Because the Bible does.
I, I am he who blots out your transgressionsfor my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. (Isaiah [43:25])
For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. (Psalm [25:11])
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake! (Psalm 79:9)
Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O Lord, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you. (Jeremiah 14:7)
We acknowledge our wickedness, O Lord, and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against you. Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake; do not dishonor your glorious throne. (Jeremiah [14:20]–21)
Written by John Piper
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