If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:9
Confessing our sins and trusting that God will forgive us requires faith. But we can confess in faith knowing that our sins will be forgiven because God is faithful and just and because the blood of Jesus has already paid our penalty.
Our confession must be personal and honest. Spurgeon says, “Treat God truthfully, and He will treat you truthfully. Make no pretensions before God, but lay bare your soul, let Him see it as it is, and then He will be faithful and just to forgive you your sins and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.”
Confession is acknowledgement of our sin. It shows our willingness to say what God says about sin. If we refuse to admit our sin, then we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. David Guzik reminds us, “Confession is still vital to maintain relationship with God… As God convicts us of sin that is hindering our fellowship with Him, we must confess it and receive forgiveness and cleansing for our relationship with God to continue without hindrance.”
It is important to understand that we aren’t forgiven because we confess our sins. If that were the case, then what of the sins we fail to confess? Would they remain unforgiven? Our sins are forgiven because Jesus took our sins upon Himself. God is forever faithful to His covenant. Jeremiah 33:8 says, “I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me.”
Let us be ever mindful of Hebrews 10: 23, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” —Cameron Darnell