Written by Taylor Plummer
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins to God, He will forgive us and make us new from all past sins. It is important to notice that God is referred to as faithful and just, to remind us that we do not deserve to be forgiven and purified of our sins, but that He is willing to wipe our slate clean if we confess our sins. This is the essence of God’s love and grace. He willingly forgives us time after time, a favor we could never return.
As I reflect on my life, I can attest to the truth in this verse. When I was baptized a little over four years ago, I confessed my sins at the foot of the cross. I was then baptized and felt what it is like to be pure of all unrighteousness. When I was laid back in the water and lifted back up, it felt like the old me was still in the water and the new me was standing in my skin. This is what God yearns to give us through His forgiveness; He is eager to make us feel new, pure, and more like Him.
The truth within 1 John 1:9 has played pivotal roles in my walk with God, and today when I read it, I still feel a tug in my heart about things I need to confess. When I read this verse, I hear God speak every time. He points out little things that I keep hidden and calls them to the light, and once they are in the light, I do not have to hide them anymore. Confessing our sins and bringing the darkness we hide to light allows us to experience the purity God has to offer us. And the purity we can feel through confession is something we can achieve no other way.
Confession is only the first step to the purity God has to offer, though. Having a disciple walk alongside you after your time of confession keeps you accountable and ultimately makes it a lot easier for you to succeed. Through my journey, I have had one accountability partner and she has helped me stay pure day after day. Although it is still a struggle, she offers encouraging words each and every day. Confession is not easy, but with a disciple by your side, it will be easier.
Pray that God would let you hear what you need through 1 John 1:9. Pray that He speaks to you about whatever sins you need to bring out of the darkness and into the light. Ask Him to forgive you for those sins and pray that He gives you the name of a disciple to help you along. And finally, thank Him for His faithfulness and grace.