If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:19
We need to return to God time and time again and confess our failings. John tells us that ‘if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves’. We all know we have sin, so why pretend otherwise. In being honest with God, positive things happen.
1. Through confession we experience the forgiveness of God – First and foremost, if we confess, he is faithful to forgive. Even though he already knows our sin, he wants us to come and talk to him about it, for it is only through the honesty of our brokenness that we receive his healing.
2. Through confession our emotional and physical energy is restored – Guilt that is not confessed can eat away at our well-being, causing us even more problems. The Psalmist said, ‘when I kept silent, my bones wasted away; my strength was dried up’ (32:3,4). Why do we insist on doing ourselves more harm by carrying that which Jesus shed his blood for? He wants us to live free from guilt and free from shame.
3. Through confession we can move forward with God – With unconfessed sin we lose that perfect communion with the Father. We become stuck; we are unable to progress as we should and our relationship with God is hindered. Having our sin dealt with and removed allows us to, effectively, hit the reset button on our union with God.
4. Through confession we grow stronger – Allowing God to deal with the problem areas of our life means giving him control of the pruning shearers. By cutting off the dead wood he enables us to grow stronger in him and for him.
We can’t hide anything from God for he knows every dark corner of our heart; every thought, every word, every action. What he wants is for us to acknowledge them and hand them over to His forgiveness.
Don’t hold anything back, tell Him everything and let His unending mercy cleanse your heart and mind so that you can continue your walk in his righteousness.