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The Truth about Confession

Do I need to confess every sin I’ve ever committed for God to forgive me?  What happens if I forget one?  Will God hold it against me?

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The Bible proclaims the truth about confession.

Look at God’s promise to you.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

This verse declares that God “is faithful and just.”  In other words, he is trustworthy and honest.  He does not show favoritism.  His grace and mercy are available to everyone.  You can count on him to keep his word.

Like all of God’s promises this verse has a condition.  “If” you confess your sins God will keep his word to you.  That does not mean you need to confess every sin you’ve ever committed for God to forgive you.  You and I are never fully aware of all the sins we’ve committed.  When you realize you’ve done something wrong, the Holy Spirit is working in your life.  Agree with him and confess the sin he is pointing out to you.  That is the condition.

When you confess, God will forgive the sins you’ve confess.  On top of that, he will purify you “from all unrighteousness.”  Note that word “all.”  Every act and attitude that falls short of being like Jesus, as well as the sins you confessed, are covered by God’s grace.  He is far more interested in forgiving your sins than you are in being forgiven.

Here’s the bottom line truth about confession:

Confess your sins that you know about and God will take care of them and all the rest of your unrighteousness.


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