He Is Faithful and Just

8th January

But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

1 John 1:9

Confession of sin is multifaceted, but there is a core principle. It is not sorrow, guilt, or shame. It is agreement. The Greek translation for “confess” is made of two words: homos means “same,” and lego means “say or speak.” So, to confess means “to say the same thing as.” As who? As God! We don’t inform God of our sins by confessing them. He already knows what we have done. Our greatest need is to humbly agree with Him: “Father, You call what I did ‘sin’ and I agree with You.”1

Yet it doesn’t end there. We don’t confess/agree with God so He can tell us off or make us feel bad. We do so, because we have full confidence that God wants to make right our wrongs and ‘cleanse us from all wickedness’. God is our loving Father, who freely wants to pour His grace upon us and set us free from the things that separate us from Him. As John says, ‘He is faithful and just’.

Yes we acknowledge and accept that what we have done is wrong according to God’s holy standards but we also acknowledge that He has the power to forgive and the love and grace to release us from the condemnation that our sin brings. Praise God for His grace. He knows when we sin, but loves us nevertheless. Thank you Jesus for Your gift of forgiveness.

1Taken from Turning Point Daily Devotional (7/01/2016)