If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1 John 1:9-10
Everyone likes to forgive. But there are things that must be done first before receiving forgiveness. In natural life it is unlikely to receive forgiveness for something we have not recognized as our fault. The same is true in the spiritual. Daily we offend God with our sins and although He is willing to forgive us, we must first repent and confess our sins before God.
The American writer and Christian counselor Winston T. Smith said: “The confession of sins is a proclamation of the gospel. A proclamation that there is a way back into our falls, there are rescue and healing from the breach.” Confess sins is the road to forgiveness; it is our living hope to achieve redemption; it is essential step to achieve justification by grace.
Without a confession of sins there is no possibility to participate in grace. We have no choice if we want mercy we should recognize ourselves as sinners. American pastor John MacArthur (1939- ) says: “The doctrine of salvation is not popular because it includes recognition of sin.” Unfortunately for those who refuse to admit their sins, the doctrine of salvation by grace is correct, it is the essence of the New Covenant; but for the grace, we must first confess our sins.
Christian author Nancy Leigh DeMoss (1958- ) said: “The difference between two sinful people is not so much the magnitude of their sins, but the answer they give when confronted with them.” Without a doubt there is not a single person on Earth who has not sinned. Before men, there may be a scale of sins; but with God all offense to His Law is just as sinful. If we are confronted and we do not recognize our fault, it is impossible to expect that the just and holy God who we offended will forgive us.
The first two kings of Israel, Saul and David, both sinned against God. To each of them, God sent a prophet to confront. When the prophet Samuel confronted Saul’s sin, this was his response: “And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites” (1 Samuel 15:20). Saul justified rather than confess his sin.
But when the prophet Nathan rebuked David for his sin, the king said what it says 2 Samuel 12:13: So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. While Saul concealed his sin and was rejected as king of Israel, David confessed and was forgiven. Many people might say that Saul’s sin was milder than that of David because the former not only followed the instructions to the letter while the latter committed adultery and killed.
For God all disobedience to His instructions is a serious sin. The attitude we must take when confronted by our faults should be like David or like John Newton, author of Amazing Grace, who said: “I remember two things: I am a great sinner and that Jesus is a great Savior.” We do not conceal our sins, rather let confess them admitting before God our sins because He is faithful and righteous to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God bless you.