“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
Here we have a conditional statement, otherwise known as an ‘if-then’ clause. If we do something then this will be the result. It should be very plain what we have to do. I have often said that forgiveness is not a blanket that falls over all mankind just for acknowledging the existence of God. It has not ever been that way; neither will it ever be that way. We must do something to receive the free gift of forgiveness. We must ask for it by simply confessing to the Lord that we are a sinner. This might be difficult for some folks to come to that conclusion regarding themselves, but the Bible says that if we say we have not sinned then we are fooling ourselves and the truth isn’t in us (1 John 1:8).
Even believers under God’s umbrella of grace need to come to grips at times with the fact that their sinful nature has reared its ugly head and caused them to think, say or do something that is out of character for their new man. Confession to God from a guilty, shame filled (contrite or penitent) heart will be forgiven.
Upon our confession we will receive two important things from the Lord, forgiveness, as we have said and a complete cleansing of all wickedness. Those that have yet to receive redemption do not know any better for the light of truth has not yet shown into their hearts and souls. We, as believers, do know better, however, the power of sin thru temptation is strong. We must fight to preserve our salvation for there is nothing Satan would rather do than lure us into a compromising situation, thus neutering our effectiveness for the Lord. Examine your heart and be willing to confess any and all sins committed. Only then will you experience the love of God thru His faithful and just forgiveness. Until next time, walk with the Lord and be a blessing!