We are doing a series on Wednesday nights about dealing with sin in our lives. We all sin. In fact we were all born into sin because of Adam and Eve’s sin. So, you and I were born with a sin nature. When we accept Christ into our lives, we are now given a Spiritual nature. The old nature has not gone anywhere though. The difference is that with the new Spiritual nature, we can overcome the old nature. In I John 2:15-16, we find the three causes of sin in the believers life.
- The lust of the flesh.
- The lust of the eyes.
- The pride of life.
The devil uses each of these in our lives. He has a knack for making things look, feel, and sound good when they are bad. We all sin. I will sin today, and probably tomorrow. The key is how do we respond when we sin. The response should be confession.
I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
The response we should have toward our sin is that of confession. We must confess our sin right when we are convicted of our sin. The word confess carries on a stronger meaning than just to admit. It is admitting the same thing about. It is calling sin, sin. Confession is coming clean with God about one’s sin, rather than denying or attempting to ignore known sin. Ultimately confession is seeing sin as God sees it. When you do this sincerely, God takes over. He is then able to do what He promised, and that is to forgive and cleanse you. He will always forgive. He cannot do anything but forgive! Then, He will erase it and wash you clean. No sin is too great for God to forgive.
So, as you go about the day, remember that “Man’s confession of sin leads to God’s forgiveness of sin.