Frequently Asked Questions on Feeling Dirty


How can I think of myself as clean?

There are times survivors of abuse feel dirty or unclean. We are clean because God declares us clean. The answer to being clean is the shed blood of Christ. We are clean because the blood of Christ makes us clean. Many of the following verses are related to forgiveness. This is not to say that you were at fault for your abuse. I am talking about believing what the Bible says is our position in Christ. Remember we go by what God says not how we feel.

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12 KJV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 KJV)

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; (Psalms 103:3 KJV)

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalms 103:12 KJV)

I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. (Isaiah 43:25 KJV)

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Ephesians 1:7 KJV)

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV)

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:34 KJV)



If survivors of abuse are not at fault, why use 1 John 1:9 as a verse to use to help you believe that you are clean?

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Survivors of abuse many times feel dirty from the abuse. The feeling dirty partly comes from society’s view of purity and survivors also feeling used. Do survivors of abuse need to confess sin if they are not at fault? No, victims of an attack are not at fault. Many times these survivors have doubts of whether they are partly to blame. With this verse, a person can tell God what he or she feels is his or her part and is able to claim God’s promise of cleansing from all unrighteousness. People can just confess to God what happened to them and claim the promise of being clean from all unrighteousness. Once you know that you are cleansed, you do not have to keep confessing. Once you are cleansed, you are cleansed forever. After one confession, every time after that you claim the promise of cleansing when you are tempted to feel unclean.

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