Wednesday night at our Worship time someone asked me, since Jesus already died for our sins, why do we need to confess our sins? Great question. To be honest never thought about the why of confessing sins.
Hmmmm … kinda caught me off guard. Why do we confess our sins?
Simple answer for me is I confess my sins because I continue to sin even though I am already forgiven by Christ. Not that I fear I lose my salvation everytime I sin and need to find it over and over again. Its more of a assurance that God is a loving forgiving God that I enjoy. So … I confess for peace of mind and heart and to remind myself of God’s mercy.
A more complicated answer is that I am very much aware of the dangers of sin, that it seeks to ruin my spiritual life and hold me prisoner to fear and apathy. Just as I dip my finger in the baptismal water each week and cross myself for a tangible reminder that I am God’s child, I confess my sins not to remind myself how sinful I am, but to remember how forgiving God is.
Apostle John said it well in 1 John 1:8-9, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Folks, hang on to the truth: yes we sin and yes, yes God forgives!