If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9
We live in a time in which no one wants to admit to wrong-doing. We try redefine the terms, find a loophole, blame it on extenuating circumstances–anything to avoid being considered “guilty”.
Perhaps this is a result of the moral relativism of the post-modern era. Perhaps it comes from watching national leaders and celebrities try to wiggle out of the tight spots in which their own shenanigans land them. Perhaps it is the proliferation of immorality. I think it is a lack of fear of God.
This verse tells us that God is willing to forgive our sins. There are no caveats or exemptions attached to the verse. Any sin that is confessed will be forgiven, I think that is very plain. Yet we still try to avoid confession.
What does it mean to “confess”? The word comes from homologeo, meaning “to say the same thing”. To put this in modern English, it is “calling sin what God calls it.”
Sin is an offense to a holy God. There are no two ways around this. It was because of sin that Jesus suffered and died, so we can be assured that God has a very dim view of it and takes the matter very seriously.
We have joked about sin, laughed at it, excused it, winked at it, ignored it, in short, we have done everything but confess it as sin before the Almighty. Is it pride that hinders us from doing this? Is it rebellion that refuses to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ? Is it ignorance of what the Bible teaches about sin? Whatever the reason may be, it is high time that we start looking at our sin from God’s perspective.
There is nothing to compare with the forgiveness that we can find in God. He is willing and able to remove the offense, the stain and the cause completely from our lives. We simply must be willing to humble ourselves and call it what He does.