When I was a child, I remember my mother having a great interest in candles. She absolutely loved candles (she still does). One time, someone gave her a beautiful set of candles as a gift. They were spherical candles made of gold-colored wax, meant for appearance and not for burning. Although they were never burned, they still didn’t last very long.
Out of boredom, I scratched up all the candles with my fingernails because I liked the way the wax felt under my fingernails. Yes, I was a strange child! But I had wronged her. Even as young as I was, I understood this. I had done something bad. My relationship with her suffered until I confessed my wrongdoing and asked for forgiveness. I never ceased to be her son, but my relationship with her did suffer until things were settled.
Dear reader, when you sin against the Lord, you commit wrongdoing against Him. And your relationship with Him will suffer until you confess your sins and ask for forgiveness. Although you’ve sinned against Him, you are still His son or daughter, but your relationship with Him will be impaired until you settle things. That’s why the apostle John tells us, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9).
Now, believers are completely forgiven of all past, present and future sins. Through the blood of Christ, we have total and complete forgiveness of our sins. So, why confess our sins and ask for forgiveness? Because when we sin, we need relational forgiveness. As we continue to sin as believers, we should pray for relational forgiveness. We should confess our sins and ask God to forgive us and restore our relationship with Him. When we sin, we should always confess our sin instead of concealing it.
John says that if we say we have no sin, we’re liars and we deceive ourselves. Sometimes we say we have no sin by focusing on other people’s sin. Sometimes we conceal our sins by disguising them — when we don’t call them what they are. Sometimes we deny our own sinfulness by saying that everybody does it. Sometimes we even blame others for our sins or we blame the devil. But it is our own sin we have committed. When we mess up, we need to own up. Call your sin what it is and confess it to the Lord in prayer. When you do, He’ll restore and forgive you — even more, He’ll cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
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