Confessing Sins to God

confessing sins to God

Confessing Sins to God is necessary to draw close to God and to grow in God. In this article, we will focus on the following.

  1. Importance of Confessing Sins to God
  2. Confessing Sins to God with assurance of Pardon from God
  3. Bible Verses on Confessing Sins to God
  4. A simple Prayer of Confession

Many Christians have the false idea that, since we are already washed by the blood of Christ and are totally forgiven for our past, present and future sins, Confessing Sins to God regularly is not really necessary.

The Bible is clear on the fact that Confessing Sins to God on a daily basis is essential, even though we are already forgiven by Faith in Christ and are imputed with His perfect Righteousness.

1. Importance of Confessing Sins to God

There are two aspects of God's forgiveness.

  1. The first aspect is the forgiveness required for our Salvation, which has brought us Eternal Security and has taken away our damnation forever.
  2. The second aspect is the forgiveness required for close fellowship with God. We are still imperfect human beings who sin in many ways everyday, knowingly and unknowingly, for which we must repent and be forgiven.

Here are a few reasons to emphasize Confessing Sins to God on a daily basis.

Confessing Sins to God renews your Fellowship

God hates sin and sin can hinder our Prayers. The Bible says that husbands should treat their wives rightly, so that their prayers are not hindered. Confessing Sins to God is essential for your prayers to get answered.

1 Peter 3:7

7Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. 

Confessing Sins to God reminds us of God's Chastening

Sin has consequences in this life. Our God is a loving Father who cannot tolerate sin, not only because it grieves Him, but also because it hurts us for eternity. We miss something (like intimate personal relationship with God, our purpose for that particular period of time, our relationship with other believers, our example to the world etc..) every time we fall into sin. Confessing Sins to God with a true repentant heart reconciles you to the intimate relationship with God.

Chastening is not punishment, but God's loving correction.

2 Samuel 7

14I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

Psalms 38

1(A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.) O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

Psalms 73

14For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

Confessing Sins to God reminds us of Loss of Eternal Rewards

We are not going to face the Great White Throne Judgement where the unbelievers are judged according to their works, but we all have to stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ and give accounts for all our works on earth. We can lose our Eternal Rewards by choosing to sin against God.

1 Corinthians 3 -" 13Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."

2. Confessing Sins to God with assurance of Pardon

Many Christians get the feeling that their Sins are too great or severe to be pardoned, even after sincerely repenting and Confessing Sins to God. This sort of false guilt is not from God, but from Satan. God has promised to forgive us whenever we turn back to Him in truth.

3. Bible Verses on Confessing Sins to God

Psalms 51 is the excellent expression of King David's repentant heart, earnestly seeking pardon from God.

1 John 1:9 emphasizes that God is faithful in forgiving all those who repent and seek His forgiveness.

1 John 1:9

9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 19:18 

 "And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds."

Proverbs 28:13 speaks of the danger of concealing our sins.

Proverbs 28:13 

 "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy."

Psalms 32:5 

 "I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah."

There is nothing wrong in letting your fellow belivers know about your sin and ask them to pray for you.

James 5:16 

 "Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

4. A Simple Prayer for Confessing Sins to God

Allocate a few minutes everyday for a Prayer of Confession, to tell God that you truly love Him and wish to draw closer to Him. Confessing Sins to God on a daily basis reminds us to humble ourselves before God, who graciously saved us from the Eternal destruction and made us sons, daughters and friends.

Psalms 51:1-5 - "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions."

Prayer: Dear God, I have sinned against you in many ways, not only by doing what is not right, but also by failing to do what is right. Help me to recognize my faults and shortcomings and bring it to you, because of your unfailing Grace. Change me and make me more like You! Amen!


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