Confession, Sin, Forgiveness - What's it all about?

Confession, Sin, Forgiveness - What's it all about?

 Confession, Sin, Forgiveness - What's it all about?

Do you feel the need for forgiveness?

Do you want to "get right" with God?  

The Apostle John wrote, "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

Don't let the world convince you that you haven't sinned.  We all have.  (Paul wrote this in Roman 3:23) It's inherent that we sin - it was passed down to us through our fathers.  In fact, the Apostle John wrote that "if we say that we have not sinned, we make Him (God) a liar, and His word is not in us."

What's so important about confession?

When we sin, we have a desire to make it up to God.  This is good.  This is what He wants.
Let's go back to 1 John 1:9...

It starts with confession.  Why confession?
To confess we realize that we've 
-  done wrong in the sight of God - sinned.
-  we want to get right with God - repent - which means to turn away but more fully means that you are turning away from your sin and trust in God that He wants to help you and that He will help you.
- confession requires talking with God - no you don't have to go through another person...  just speak to God.

To sum up, your talking to God admitting that you need Him.  You want His forgiveness.

God made a way...

Let's go back to 1 John 1:9... again...

Once we confess our sins, what does God do?

"...He (God) is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 

God is the one who is faithful (not us) and He is righteous - it's not based on our ability but His.  We can't do things good enough to earn His merit but He's not interested in that... He's wants us to rely on Him.

So this is the greatest part...

Once we rely on Him (confessing that we've sinned), He forgives us!  Not only does He forgive us but cleanses us from the sin - it doesn't exist anymore!  

A little clarification...  

The New Testament was mostly written in Greek.  Well, the Greek word "forgive" is dikaios.  This same word is used when talking about divorce (1 Cor 7:11).  Forgiveness is not meant as a "big hug" but rather a complete separation from sin.  

Your sins are gone - forgotten - divorced from you!

The fine print (there's a catch)...

God will ONLY do this for those who have trusted Jesus as their Savior.  If you have NOT believed in Jesus, please read, Digging A Little Deeper or NeedHim.

Confession results in a restored relationship with God.

God is Holy.  We can't approach God because of our sin.  Jesus paid the price for our sin and restores the relationship with God if we trust in Him as our Savior.  Then we can approach God to have any other sin that has come up in our lives after trusting Jesus, which sours our relationship with God.  Remember, our sin was paid in full by Jesus - "once for all times" Hebrews 10:12

Confession = admitting you've sinned + wanting the sin to be removed + the trust that you've put in Jesus as your Savior allowed you to approach God + God's righteousness cleanses you = it's gone! 

Since God is the one who is faithful and righteous and said that our confessed sins are removed from us - we don't pay for them again.  Jesus paid the price! It wasn't fair but that's the way God allowed it to happen (what wonderful love He has for us!!!).  As a result, Christians do not experience purgatory.  Remember, Jesus paid our sins.  

Lastly, since Christians can approach God because of what Jesus did for us, we can talk to God directly - no middle man needed!  Take some time to trust in what Jesus did for you and confess your sin - get rid of the guilt and "get right" with God.

Note: Any text in parenthesis are for clarification and not part of the verse.  
For example:  (Jesus said) is not part of the verse but was placed to help the reader understand who wrote it.

   real peace  

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