1 John 1:9 (NIV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Confession time: In the past, I’ve struggled with confession.
I was that type of kid who hated getting in trouble at school or at home, so I tried very hard to be a ‘good girl’ and never do the wrong thing. Therefore, admitting that I have messed up has never been easy for me. In addition, I grew up in a Pentecostal church where confession was not really a focus of the teaching, unlike in some other Christian traditional churches where there is a strong emphasis on confession of sin.
As I’ve grown older, I am learning to embrace the power of confession. It’s not always easy to do, but I have seen that it’s a more wholehearted, truthful way to live, and I am reaping its benefits.
The previous verse to the one we are looking at today says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Yes, I have experienced this to be the case, both in my own life and in my observation of others. Covering up sin brings deception in a multitude of ways.
But how freeing is our verse today: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
God doesn’t want our pretence of perfection. There is no need (or benefit) to try and hide my flaws and failures from our loving Father God. Confession brings His forgiveness and purification – how simple and wonderful (though at times, still not easy to do)!
Shame wants to keep us hiding, but truth and confession brings freedom.
Lord, help me to choose the path of confession!
Written by Shelley Witt