1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
What a profound word. Simple, yet reveals the heart of man. I’ve said this several times before, but nothing reveals if someone is a believer more than if they are willing to confess sin and repent. If they do not and will not, that reveals quite the opposite. Let’s take a a few encouragements from this verse!
1. If, that’s how he starts this verse. This is an action required. This predicate is on you and I doing this action. So the question that we must ask ourselves, when is the last time that you did a heart check? When is the last time that you truly evaluated your life? When is the last time that you looked at your heart and questioned your motives, your thoughts, your tendencies? The statement, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks does not apply to you. You are not allowed to believe that. As believers in Christ, we are called to be repenting, to confessing, are you confessing sin?
2. He is faithful and just. When we confess our sins, He is faithful and just. When we are not faithful, He is! This is something that should be of tremendous encouragement to you and I. That the act of confession shows us the Gospel. Confession is that beautiful thing of acknowledging our sin to God, then repenting of said sin, and seeing how Jesus took care of that sin on the cross. Confession brings freedom. I’ve shared with many this statement, “A secret revealed has no power over you.” Satan loses his power over you in that secret when you confess.
3. Cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This is the most beautiful statement one could read and believe. You are cleansed in confession. When you confess God gives such beautiful grace to you and I, cleansing us from all unrighteousness. As believers in Christ this is something we long for. This is our motivation for confession.
Here is the question, are you regularly confessing your sin to others? If not, you are missing out on God’s wonderful grace for your life.