But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:9, NLT)
The act of confession could usher in change and transformation of lives. It is a powerful act of faith.
What comes to your mind when you see the word, confession of sin. As for me, I used to picture a sinner who committed a horrible act against the teaching of the Bible; he or she felt guilty and condemned. Hopelessness all over the face and is waiting to receive judgement.
Today, I hold faith and grace-based perspective. Confession of sin is not necessarily harmful and need not lead to destructive outcomes for the sinner. Instead, it can be a positive and faith-building result if it is handled in a mature and Christ-Like manner. The act of confession could usher in change and transformation of lives. It is a powerful act of faith.
Let us recap a few biblical stories when sinners confessed their sins to Christ Jesus. Instantly they experience a transformational grace of God. Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, confessed his sins and desire to undo the wrongs to his people. He received salvation right at the feet of Christ. Confession of sin also leads to a transformation of mindset. Immediately he stepped into administering God’s Kingdom by eradicating poverty and correcting injustice and corruption.
Mary Magdalene, she acknowledged her sins before Christ Jesus and experienced a life-changing power. She soon turned into one who loves Jesus and serves Him to the end of His life.
The act of confession opens the door for the Holy Spirit to replace the old and sinful nature with a godly and spirit-filled life. And this life is the life of our Lord Jesus Himself. God is eagerly waiting for that moment when He could witness a transformation of life in you and me. Hallelujah!
Let us pray:
Dear Lord Jesus, You are gentle and gracious. Your patience and kindness lead me to repentance. Today I confess that I’ve been weak and fearful of all that is happening around me. Subconsciously I’ve allowed anxieties and worries to influence my thoughts and way of life. But right at this very moment, I reject every ungodly notion, and I nail them on the cross. Right now, I confess that You are my Lord, my King and God. In You, I shall have all things. In You, I’m fully protected and provided. I shall rejoice always. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!