1st John 1 – Fri – 23-01-13

Did you see the recent news about Artemis. No, not the moon mission named Artemis, the dog. In late November, two girls, aged four and seven, became lost in the woods near their home in Folsom, Louisiana. They were accompanied by Artemis, the family’s Golden Retriever. The police organized a search for the missing girls. Hours later, after combing the woods, the barking of Artemis led the searchers to the girls. But Artemis wouldn’t let the strangers near. He barked at the rescuers, guarding the sisters. Reportedly, Artemis also laid on top of the girls during their adventure to protect them.*

Stories of faithful dogs abound. But I can’t remember the last time I heard a news report about a faithful cat. I suppose some exist. A quick internet search hit a few things. But dogs have a reputation for faithfulness. A search for news with the words “faithful dog” found more items. But I digress. Dogs and cats are not the focus today, faithfulness is.

Being faithful means absolute dependability. One who is faithful never fails. The devotion is complete. That description describes God. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (NIV) We can count on God’s forgiveness when we acknowledge our sin. He will purify us from all unrighteousness so we can have fellowship with him.

*Andrew Mark Miller, “Louisiana dog hailed a hero for protecting young girls lost in woods for hours,” New York Post, December 18, 2022 https://nypost.com/2022/12/18/louisiana-dog-a-hero-for-protecting-young-girls-lost-in-woods/

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