Before forgiveness there must be a confession. I could never apologize to my mother without confessing what I did wrong. If I used my friends stuff without asking I confessed and then apologized. It’s a cycle, but with God i sometimes try to avoid the confession and get right to the forgiveness, and it doesn’t work that way. I figure he knows what i did so why repeat it? But we need to confess, why? because he
asks No, he tells us to.
I remembered I was in young adult fellowship (YAF) and Brandon said ” Confessing sin shows just how dirty we really are”. And I agree, it hurts to confess sometimes because I feel dumb, i feel dirty and i feel unworthy. Confession is a reminder of why we need a savior, and it keeps us humble before God.
But thank God for Jesus!
1 John 1:9 says ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify is from ALL unrighteousness”.
When we confess then God can forgive. When we confess we are refreshed and it prevents us from feeling guilty and shame, something the enemy thrives on.
My Prayer: God I know that all have sinned and have fallen short of your glory. I also know that you are a God who forgives and continuously gives mercy and grace. You love me so much that you sent Jesus to die for me and my unrighteousness. And Jesus you died knowing how undeserving i really am. I want to show you that same love. So God forgive me, create in me a clean heart and renew in me a right spirit. Amen
Also check out this a great article on confession of sin