If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9
Whether you’re a believer or not,
There are really only two ways to deal with sin.
The first way:
Deny it, minimize it, soften it, rename it, justify it …
“It’s just a weakness.”
“That’s the way I am.”
“I’m not as bad as THOSE people.”
That’s lying to ourselves.
The second way:
Agree with God that it is exactly what HE says it is.
It is rebelling against His rule, crossing His boundaries, violating His law, failing to meet His standards.
And it means we are hopeless without His intervention.
That’s vulnerable. That’s honest. That’s open.
But let’s admit it, it’s scary and uncomfortable.
God doesn’t require confession in order to humiliate us.
It is to forgive us, to cleanse us, and to restore us.
He is faithful to His word.
He is just in His actions.
He loves us far more than we comprehend.