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 KJV)
Just as a vampire shows great aversion toward a crucifix, so do some people toward responsibility. Have you noticed that many are just not willing to admit faults—-their faults? It appears to me that many of the seemingly perpetual problems we face stem from our unwillingness to confess and face the messes we have created.
Joseph Scriven, an Irish poet, wrote as part of what later became a famous hymn sung among Christian congregations worldwide:
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
This particular hymn for which Scriven is most widely known is entitled “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
It’s most appropriate, I think, that we have a friend to whom we can confess/carry EVERYTHING in confidence with the expectation that as a result of our faith in Him, He will not only forgive us of our wrongdoings but also clean us up so that we no longer look dirty, smell dirty, or even desire dirt any longer. This is simply AMAZING! However, we MUST do our part first. That is, we must CONFESS. We must ADDRESS with honesty the unGodly things we’ve done, said, thought, etc.
Peace is a blessing. When we expose the enemy’s sin within our lives, we become free from guilt, hurt, blame, shame, pain. Exposing the enemy comes though confession. So remember this: Confessing renders a blessing. How do I know? Simple. The Word of God states it in I John 1:9.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
That’s a blessing! In Jesus’ name, Amen!