Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You took away the guilt of my sin.
God is waiting for us to confess our sins to Him. His answer is always forgiveness. Only who keeps within himself or herself and conceals his or her sin, forgiveness is lost. The Bible presents many cases of forgiveness of sins and unforgivable one. The second type, we have the case of Cain, who, by killing his brother Abel and being confronted by God, concealed his sin instead of confessing. For his part, David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. Then the king sent his servant Uriah the worst of the battle to be killed. When the prophet Nathan came from God to David and confronted him, the king recognized his sin and was forgiven.
Of course, every sin has consequences payable; but God always have the assurance of forgiveness when we repent of heart. I once went to serve a men’s retreat. One participant had committed several felonies and walked quite hiding from justice. Most of us who were at the retreat did not know the situation of this man. Amid the ministry, the man broke down and confessed in front of the whole group his crimes. But he was not alone in that, but said that as soon as we returned from retreat he was to bring himself to justice.
This man kept his word and gave himself, aware that he could spend many years in prison. However, God’s greatness is extraordinary. Miraculously, the man just spent some months imprisoned for his crimes and was released. It was beautiful to see that man a few months later when he was released, saying his testimony before the whole congregation and telling us how God used him in jail for ministering to other prisoners and sow in them the seed of the Word of God.
Paul says in Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Therefore, there is not anyone on earth who can feel exonerated. We have to open our mouths and confess each and every one of our iniquities to achieve forgiveness, as 1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Today you’re listening to or reading this message, you might be perhaps remembering how much you have sinned against God. Is likely to feel like the prodigal son right now, trying to tell God, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you and do not deserve to count me among your children.” If you feel unworthy to stand before God for your sin, you will understand how I felt when I realized all my iniquities. But the good news is that today God is ready to forgive all your sins. All He is waiting for you right now is that you confess your sins and repent. Do it now and receive the gift of eternal life. God bless you.