Read 1 John 1:1-10
We all know what guilt feels like. Does some guilt come to mind? Something you regretfully said, wish you hadn’t done, or tried to cover up? We all have felt guilty before.
Guilt can be crippling and paralyzing. It can stop us in our tracks. Or, at times, guilt can be ignored. We push it the back of our minds; trying not to think about it so it doesn’t bother us. I have some good news: God has made a way for us to be free from guilt!
How, you ask? Confession.
Confession is when we admit to God that sin is sin. It is when we agree with him that what we have done wrong is an affront to His holiness and that we need forgiveness. Confession is an incredibly powerful thing and can transform our lives.
First, let me address two opposite mistakes people make people often make. Both are equally dangerous, and both have the same solution: a complete and true understanding of confession and forgiveness. The first mistake is to feel so guilty that you confess the same sins over and over to God, never believing that you are forgiven. The second mistake is to intentionally continue sinning, taking advantage of God’s grace and forgiveness. True confession remedies both of these!
Genuine confession comes with understanding a few key truths: First, that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for all sin – past, present and future. This means that those, who accept God’s free gift of salvation through Christ’s death and resurrection, have had all of their sins are forgiven, and nothing will ever separate them from God’s love. The second truth is that, after salvation, our sin does not separate us any longer from God’s love, but it DOES break our fellowship with God. This means that while we do not need to confess to gain God’s acceptance, we do need to confess to restore our fellowship with God. When we confess our sins, God removes the barrier created by our sins.
Confession may be a scary concept, because it means admitting to God that we have been wrong. But remember: God already knows our sin. He will not push us away. Rather, when we confess, God draws us closer to Him. Confession frees us from guilt and allows us to enjoy a close fellowship with God. Feeling distant from Him? Perhaps you should prayerfully consider if you have anything in your life that you need to confess to Him.