My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2 ESV)
Hymn ELH 403:1-2 God Loved the World So that He Gave
God loved the world so that He gave
His only Son the lost to save,
That all who would in Him believe
Should everlasting life receive.
Christ Jesus is the Ground of faith,
Who was made flesh and suffered death;
All then who trust in Him alone
Are built on this chief Cornerstone.
Jesus, my Savior, You died to pay for my sins and the sins of all. Strengthen my faith, help me to repent of my sins and to take hold of the forgiveness You earned for me. Amen.