“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just1 John 1:9
and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
“Confess our sins”. For most of us, that’s not the most comfortable phrase in our vocabulary. It means admitting we’re wrong, confronting our problems, asking for help and letting go of something that might be a comfort or crutch. If that’s what we’re focusing on, confession is one of the more unpleasant tasks we do as Christians. But the promises we find in this verse change confession from a daunting chore to a liberating routine.
If we take the focus off of ourselves in confession, we may just see it as a blessing. Look at the promises in this verse. He is faithful. He is just. He will forgive our sins. He will purify us. Perhaps all we need in order to make confession a frequent habit is a perspective shift. What if our focus in confession was on God and not on ourselves? Then we would be in awe of the grace of God instead of overtaken by the gravity of our sin.
We can confess momentary jealousy or daily infidelity. We can confess eagerly or reluctantly. We can confess immediately or after many weeks have passed. But, when we do, we can stand in awe as God extends His grace to us time and time again because of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice. What do you need to confess today in order to take full advantage of the forgiveness and purity God offers?