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.
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.
There are two aspects of God's forgiveness.
Here are a few reasons to emphasize Confessing Sins to God on a daily basis.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
Proverbs 28:13 speaks of the danger of concealing our sins.
There is nothing wrong in letting your fellow belivers know about your sin and ask them to pray for you.
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.
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!