Promise of Forgiveness
If we confess our sins, he is faithful [trustworthy] and just [righteous] and will forgive us our sins and purify [cleanse] us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9, NIV).
The greatest promise God offers humanity is that of forgiveness through Christ. Those who are willing to humble themselves and repent can be assured not only that their sins will be forgiven, but also that someday their self-defeating human nature will no longer exist.
No Condemnation of Believers
Consequently, there is now no condemnation [verdict against] to those who are in Christ Jesus, who are not walking according to the flesh [human nature], but according to the Spirit [God's way of life] (Romans 8:1, HBFV).
This precious promise reveals that those who walk with God (they strive to think and act as he does), even though they occasionally stumble, will never be condemned by him.
God Will Guide Us
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding [knowledge, wisdom]. In all your ways acknowledge [give credit to] Him, and He shall direct [make straight] your paths [the road you travel] (Proverbs 3:5 - 6, HBFV).
It is all too easy for humans, even those who have God's spirit, to trust in or default to their own human nature in regards to life's decisions. This promise reveals that if believers take their concerns to the Lord and trust in him, and give him the glory for helping them, he will point them in the right direction regarding their lives.
Guaranteed Help in Trials
No temptation [evil, adversity] has come upon you except what is common to mankind.
For God, Who is faithful [trustworthy], will not permit you to be tempted [tested, tried] beyond what you are able to bear; but with the temptation, He will make a way of escape [an exit, a way out], so that you may be able to bear [stand up under, endure] it (1Corinthians 10:13, HBFV).
Humans, apart from God, must deal with life's trials and troubles with whatever resources are at their disposal. Christians, however, have supernatural help in their struggles. God promises that he will provide whatever it takes to help us endure and be victorious over whatever difficulties come our way.
The Power to Overcome
I can do all things through Christ, who empowers [strengthens] me (Philippians 4:13, HBFV).
Jesus made it plain that of ourselves we can do nothing (John 15:5). This promise, conveyed through the Apostle Paul, reminds believers that anything is possible through Christ.
Nothing Between Us
For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38 - 39, HBFV).
In some circumstances we may find ourselves doubting God's presence in our lives. Our Father, however, promises that nothing can come between him and his children! This encouragement is especially needed when we feel the weight of trials and troubles is unusually heavy upon our shoulders.
Everything For Our Good
And we know that all things work together for good [benefit] to those who love God, to those who are called [invited, appointed] according to His purpose (Romans 8:28, HBFV).
God promises that no matter what Christians go through in their lives, He will insure that everything works out for their eternal benefit.
The Gift of Eternal Life
And this is the witness [testimony, evidence]: that God has given us eternal [perpetual] life, and this life is in His Son (1John 5:11, HBFV).
God, through his perfect love, has provided a means through which humans can transcend the limitations of their physical lives and live forever with him in his spiritual family. Our Creator promises to reward with eternal life all those who believe in His Son.
No More Sorrow or Pain
And God shall wipe away [obliterate, erase, blot out] every tear from their eyes; and there shall not be any more death, or sorrow [mourning, grief], or crying; neither shall there be any more pain [anguish], because the former things have passed away" (Revelation 21:4, HBFV).
God promises that someday all the pain, loss and suffering humanity has endured will be a thing of the past.
A Promise of Reward
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life . . .
And they who are wise shall shine [gleam] as the brightness of the firmament [heavens], and they who turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars forever [eternally, perpetually] and ever (Daniel 12:2 - 3, HBFV).
The Bible reveals God knows all the works of his saints and will never forget their labors. This great promise reminds us that there will come a day when those who served him in this life are richly rewarded!