Re: Confessing Sin
Hi! The Word says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). To live with a repentant heart is important because we are sinful man, but God always forgives us. True repentance is a turning away and going into a different direction, which takes more than just confessing, but confessing is the first step. I think it is important for us to confess our sins because, for myself, I have now exposed light to an area of sin in my life which leads to freedom, like the scripture says, “he will purify us from all unrighteousness.” Why keep it in when you can get it out?!
I agree very much with Goldenflower. I just wanted to touch on a few points as well. You don’t have to confess your sins to anyone other than God. He already knows them and has forgiven you before you sinned. He loves you and wants to rid this burden of shame away from you by giving the things you are embarrassed about to Him.
As far as confessing to others, I believe the bible is just referring to being transparent with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. It doesn’t mean you have to tell the whole world or even a lot of people, but if you feel it in your heart to share, don’t be shy to be transparent with someone close in Christ with you. We are all sinful and nature and struggle in our own ways. If we keep our deepest hurts and struggles to ourself, and not tell even God about it, then the dark one has us right where he wants. God wants us to walk in “light” and every area we shed truth, even if it’s just to God brings light to that aspect of your life and as Goldenfllower said, the feeling is freeing.
Love ya Monter Baby