1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins …”
Confession is a reality check in our life. It provides the bridge between our inability to save ourselves with God’s amazing, gracious willingness to do so. Confession should remind us of the enormous price that was paid for us on the cross and the gratitude that should flow as a result.
The term “confess” comes from two Greek words – “homos” which means “the same,” and “lego” which means “to speak.” Quite literally, confess means “to speak the same thing.” It implies the concept of agreeing or admitting to the same thing. To confess our sins means that we agree with God about what he thinks of sin and that the penalty of sin is just.
Confession is not a simple thing. We do not pray, “Lord, if I’ve done anything that is wrong, I’m sorry.” No, rather we pray, “Lord, I have sinned. My sin cost Jesus his life. I accept your judgment. Please forgive me. Through your mercy, love and grace, restore me to fellowship with you.”
Have you had your reality check today?
– Benjamin Bradley