If we claim to be without
sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8–9)
To confess our sins means
to admit to our sin and also to agree with God that we need forgiveness. When
we genuinely confess our sins to God, he is faithful to forgive us. When we
repent, he purifies us from our sins.
doesn’t mean that you need to keep a diary of every bad thought you think and
every bad deed you do and then name them to God one by one. But it does mean
that, as Christians, we need to continually acknowledge that we are sinners, in
need of God’s saving grace.
we do this, God makes us new. He wipes the slate clean and gives us a fresh
start—every time. We do not need to return to our sinful habits. We do not need
to be slaves to our sin. Through the blood of Jesus, God sets us free from our
sin. Free and forgiven.