“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
The word “if” implies that it can only happen as a result of something. This two letter word are the hinges upon which everything else hangs on. To confess our sins means to agree with God on what He says about our sin. And this is something no one can do for anyone else.
God will never turn away a repentant heart. He will apply the righteousness of His son Jesus’ death on the cross and forgive us our sins. No sin is too big that God’s grace is not bigger. With repentance comes forgiveness. To be forgiven means that God will never hold it against you.
After having been told not to color on the walls our four year old son did just that. When I asked him what he had done he admits he did it and crying says “I am sorry.” I forgive him and go one step further. I wash the wall clean.
With the start of a new year take inventory of your past unconfessed sins. Go to God in prayer and agree with him that you have sinned. He will not turn you away, but instead embrace you, and clean you up. Purpose in your heart to change and ask Him to help you.
Question: Are there unconfessed sins in your life?
Challenge: Open the window of your heart and allow the Holy Spirit to point out the unconfessed sins in your life. Turn to God in repentance and be cleansed.
Prayer: “Be gracious to me, God, according to your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion. Wash away my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:1-2). Amen.
Cali Magallanes -- BC Staff