“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
A reflective question; when is a time you might need God’s forgiveness? David said, “When I kept silent about my sin … Your hand was heavy upon me” (Psalm 32:3-4). Can we sum this up as letting go and letting God?
Confession does four things:
- It lets you experience God’s forgiveness. He already knows your sin, but He can’t forgive you when you blame-shift and make excuses. “If we confess … he will forgive our sins.” The first move is up to you.
- It restores your emotional and physical energy. Nothing’s more draining than denial, and nothing’s more invigorating than a clean slate. David said, “My strength … failed because of my guilt” (Psalm 31:10). Reflecting on his affair with Bathsheba, he said, “When I kept silent … my vitality failed … I acknowledged my sin … You forgave the guilt” (Psalm 32:3-5).
- It lets you move on. Confession lets you hit the “reset” button and start again. It’s important to draw a line between the past and the future in case you’re tempted to regress.
- It lets you grow. Thomas Edison said failure taught him 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb. Making failure work for you instead of against you, starts with confessing it to God and accepting His forgiveness.
Heavenly Father, let me confess my sins before you — in detail! Help me change — in detail! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.