“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)
Is there anyone who can honestly say they don’t sin? No, of course not. But we do try to minimalize our sins we do by claiming to be a “good person”. It’s some form of religious scale where we weight one side of it with good deeds and perceived good character to compensate for the bad we have sitting on the other side of the balance.
But God doesn’t want us to compensate, he wants us to confess.
“I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.” (Psalm 32:5)
When we confess our sins to God we no longer have to burden our self with loading one side of the religious scale with good deeds. It doesn’t matter anyway because no amount of good deeds can outweigh or eliminate the sins we do. The answer?
“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:14-19)
God hears the confession of the truly repentant heart and washes our sin slate clean and rids us of the religious scale. Although, “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry”, God is deaf and blind to the “good” deeds of the unrighteous. We must confess our sins to the Lord to be delivered from Hell and damnation.
We have heard that confession is good for the soul. It’s actually the only way you can save your soul.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
God doesn’t want us to compensate, he wants us to confess! Confess your sins to Him. Confess and proclaim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and be saved!