1 John 1:9 in the New Tesament of the Bible says, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. To confess means that we admit that we sinned, broken God’s law, that we totally own the responsibility of what we did without blaming others, justifying, or excusing what we did. That is a hard thing for us to do because of our pride that we were born with, and seems to get stronger in us with each passing year. But the promise in this passage is quite amazing, God will forgive and He will cleanse. That means that God will forget our sin never to remember it against us, He will remove the guilt of that sin out of our heart, and He will weaken the hold that particular sin has on us to continue to do it. All we have to do is say, “I did it”.
I know that because admitting we sinned is so hard for us to do, we will just forget to think about our life and confess our sins. If we have unforgiven sin in our life because we have failed to take advantage of this amazing gift of God, God will not answer our prayers, we will not understand the Bible, we will be tired, we will feel guilty, we will be sad and depressed, our relationships with other people will suffer, and we will drift away from God and our faith.
Because I want all the blessings from God of being totally forgiven washed, and cleansed of all my sins I have established a daily habit, ritual, and discipline of examining my life carefully each and every night before I go to bed and confessing all known sin to God. I journal as a tool for helping me to remember what I did that day that was wrong, unloving, selfish, and hurtful to others.
It doesn’t take long to replay the day and examine my life and to confess to God where I blew it that day, but the rewards and benefits are amazing. I never forget to brush my teeth, and I never forget to take a spiritual bath every night.