CONFESSION TO GOD
“If we confess our sin, (God) is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Not long before she died in 1988, in a moment of surprising candor in television, Marghanita Laski, one of the best-known secular humanists and novelists of her day said, “What I envy most about you Christians is your forgiveness; I have nobody to forgive me.”
Being forgiven is definitely something we all need and long for. One of the first verses I memorized as a believer was 1 John 1:9. And boy, I needed it! As God made Himself known to me in those early years of my faith, His word often revealed to me the vileness of my words and thoughts and my need for forgiveness. At first, I thought I couldn’t be forgiven unless I had confessed my sin several times and possessed adequate guilt feelings about it. Guilt proceeds confession but confession for the Christian will always result in complete forgiveness. The word, “confess” means to say the same things about our sins as God does. He doesn’t sweep it under the rug or redefine it as human error. He sees it as a violation of His holy character revealed in His commandments. The Holy Spirit convicts us to bring us to confession.
But once we confess, God promises two actions on His part. He forgives and He cleanses. Our job is not to forgive ourselves but, by faith, believe God has forgiven completely; and He not only forgives but He totally and utterly cleanses us from the stain of our sin. Our job is confession, His job is to forgive and cleanse. Would that we would believe this!
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Application of God’s Truth
There is freedom in believing we are forgiven once we have confessed. What sin have you already confessed and been forgiven for but you haven’t owned that forgiveness yet? If you have confessed, trust His forgiveness.