Confession and Repentance


1 John 1:8-9 – “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The Bible tells us that all of us have sinned and fallen short. If we say we haven’t sinned, we are only lying and deceiving ourselves. Yes, we might have been saved when we first believed that Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross. But have we been perfect and sinless since then? Even Paul confessed that he was a wretched man, the chief of sinners, and in need of a Savior.

God has given us the Holy Spirit, who convicts us and guides us when we go astray. We need to daily confess our sins to the Lord and repent for what we’ve done. Repentance means acknowledging that you’ve sinned against God, accepting Christ’s forgiveness, and being determined to not fall into temptation again. This would not be possible without God’s ever present grace and strength.

When you repent, take precautionary measures so you don’t find yourself in the same position again. If a particular website causes you to sin, don’t visit it, and if possible, block it on your browser. If a negative line of thinking is detrimental to your spiritual health, nip it in the bud. Ask the Lord to help you overcome your weaknesses and pursue a righteous life. Cling on to Jesus; His strength will be made perfect in your weakness.