The recovery principle of I John 1:9 applies to every sin and failure. “If we (freely) admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins (dismiss our lawlessness) and continuously cleanse us from all unrighteousness-everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought and action” (Amplified). The measure to which the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ is appropriated by faith, is the measure to which forgiveness and freedom from guilt will be experienced in the conscience.
“You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (I Corinthians 6:11b, NIV). All believers are eternally cleansed and forgiven because of their position in the Body of Jesus Christ, but all must exercise faith in the finished work of Calvary in order to experience mental purity. An attitude of repentance and faith in the forgiving power of Christ will bring victory over sin and failure.
Repentance means that the believer simply agrees with God’s definition of sinful behavior, appropriates His forgiveness, and thus is restored by the Holy Spirit into full fellowship and right standing with God!