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If We Confess Our Sins…

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

June 2019Confession is key to forgiveness. Saying we are sorry for what we have done is important – but – remember – confession is more than merely saying words. True confession involves repentance that requires three things – confession – grieving – and turning from sin.

I’ve often said that we sin in specifics so we ought to confess in specifics. If we lost our temper – we should confess that we have lost our temper – and not just something as simple as – Lord – forgive me for all of my sins.

Naming our sins actually helps us with the grieving process. If we remember our sins – and remind ourselves what it is that we did wrong – it might bring back memories that we wish to avoid in the future. For example – if we hurt our child by saying something – simply asking for God to forgive our sins is a cop out. Remembering the look on our child’s face brings back the hurt they felt and that we felt when we sinned. Going to the child and apologizing – in specifics – will also help us remember and grieve our sin.

After confessing our sin and going through the grieving process – we need to turn from our sin – turn away from the sin – and turn toward God. Sinning – confessing – and falling right back into the sin is a vicious cycle that can lead to pain and unforgiveness. When we turn from our sin – we turn toward God and seek His face while desiring His grace.

Try this with your sins dear readers and see if God will not give you a fresh start and feeling. Forgiveness is not something that is liturgically achieved but rather it is experiential – relational – with your walk in the Lord.  Forgiveness is a gift from God – but it requires a humility from us – turning our hearts toward God with true confession.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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July 8, 2019 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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