God Forgives Confessed Sin
“If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
King David had sinned. He had lied, stolen, and even had a man murdered. David knew the things he had done were bad, but he tried to hide his sins so no one would find out. Despite his best efforts, God knew everything he had done. He sent Nathan the prophet to rebuke the king.
Nathan told David that God was displeased with his sins. David had not glorified God by his behavior. Instead, he had given God's enemies a chance to dishonor Him. Confronted with his sin, David was truly sorry for what he had done. He confessed his sins to God in a prayer. (You can read what he said in Psalm 51.)
Whenever we do bad things or fail to do good things, we sin. While our sin may not seem as bad as David’s, it still displeases God. Because of Christ, God still loves His people even if they sin; but He still hates their sin. Today's verse, 1 John 1:9, tells us how to make things right when we have done wrong. We must confess our sins to God, just like King David did.
To "confess" is to say the same thing about our sin that God says about it. That means we have to admit what we have done, and that it was wrong. We must be sincerely sorry for our sin. When we agree with God's opinion of our sin and ask Him for forgiveness, we are confessing our sin.
This verse is all about God! If we will confess our sins, God is faithful, and He is just, to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness! God forgave David for the sins he committed, and David rejoiced in God’s mercy. Just as He did for David, God will forgive us for our sin when we confess them to Him. We too can rejoice in God’s wonderful mercy.
God will forgive us when we confess our sins to Him.
» When I do wrong, do I willingly admit it?
» What sins do I need to confess to God today?
» Have I thanked God for His forgiveness?
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