Read: 1 John 1:5-10
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (v. 9)
Confession is sort of like catching your four-year-old stealing cookies. When confronted with his mouth full of Oreos, wide-eyed and brown drool rolling down his chin, he looks around for a path of escape, such as a silly excuse or a sibling to blame it on. Trying to cover up our wrongdoings is a universal experience (Gen. 3). Confession of sins is indeed painful because at its core, we admit to hurting others, ourselves, and God. It’s embarrassing and it hurts and we don’t like pain! However, confessing our sins is also one of the most freeing things we can do.
The apostle John reminds us that if we confess our sins and our brokenness and are honest with ourselves and God, he forgives us, cleans us, and makes us new. When we do not confess the wrongs we have done, we make things worse for everybody, including ourselves. Sins kept secret or hidden in the dark can paralyze us. But God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins! There are consequences for our wrong actions, but there is also freedom in God’s forgiving grace.
Make confession a consistent part of your prayer life and be honest with God. May he grant us freedom and make us beautiful in his sight! —Dave Weemhoff
Prayer: Father, thank you for your kindness, forgiveness, and grace. We admit that we have sinned against you and others. Please cleanse us from our unrighteousness and wash us whiter than snow. Amen.