Confession Before Remission
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
There is no greater example of forgiveness than God’s forgiveness toward us. Before forgiveness can be shown there first has to be sin and confession of that sin is God’s only requirement for granting forgiveness. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 9:22, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Christ on the cross is the covering of blood for our sins. Jesus paid the ultimate price to make forgiveness possible. Confession means to admit that we are guilty, that we have sinned. Our confession should be accompanied with a remorseful heart. A heart that is so sorry that it turns away from that sin.
God will forgive. God does forgive. All we have to do is say we are sorry and ask for His forgiveness. Psalm 103:8-13 describes God’s forgiveness perfectly:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. He will not always contend with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our guilty deeds. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our wrongdoings from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
Through confession of sin and faith in Jesus Christ forgiveness is granted and our relationship with Christ is restored. Confess your sins. He is faithful to forgive.
Pastor Julia Scott