God's forgiveness and grace are a beautiful and irresistible force. Once we catch a glimpse of His forgiveness and grace, we want more of it. It's refreshing, cleansing, peace giving, gives us hope... and so much more than that.
1 John 1:9 says:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
It simply means that when we tell Him about our sins, admit them in prayer and repent (turn away from them), He forgives us. He says "Go and sin no more". He cleanses us from all wickedness, so He doesn't want us to return to sinful lifestyle choices. When we stop that lifestyle choice, we show obedience. We are obedient to Him because He loves us. He wants the best for us, and HE knows more than us. He has all authority in the heavens and on the earth. It makes sense to be obedient to Him. When we are obedient to Him, it proves we love Him.
I am so glad to respond to this question and hope to do so with compassion. I am in agreement with Carla about the question of forgiveness for the sin of abortion. I joined a group of believers called Life Choices, and learned about the depth of the hurt I caused with my 3 abortions. One was during a divorce from my first husband and 2 were with the same man I fell in love with after that period of my life. He later died at 44 yrs. old. I was devastated and felt awful about aborting his children.The 3x occurred before I became a believer, but I came to understand my guilt as a new believer.
God is always compassionate with His children, and I claim His forgiveness with a humble heart. I have finally found deep peace in myself and a restored relationship with my God. Bless you for expressing such a delicate matter that so many women are reluctant to discuss.I am reminded of RO 8:1"... Yet there is no condemnation in those who love the Lord..."