You Do Like To Be Clean Don’t You?

  1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Now obviously we confess our sins to God and not to man.  We do confess our faults to one another, James 5:16 Confess your faults to one another, but our sins we confess to God.  Now confession is a good thing because of the reproving that the Holy Spirit does in our hearts.  He is not comfortable with sin, in fact he despises it.   John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.

One of the works that the Holy Spirit does is to reprove, which means to tell a fault.  So, when you and I sin He is sure to do His job and reprove us. Unfortunately, some of God’s people believe they have no sin and are ignorant of His attempts to reprove them; so that individual walks around with sin in their life that has not been confessed barely realizing that fellowship with God is suffering.  This we cannot afford.  We need fellowship with our God.  We need His presence, His encouragement, and His friendship.  Some will not confess because they wrongly believe that either He will not forgive, or that He is disappointed in them so why admit it or confess it?  Indeed, some believe that if our sin is not discussed then God must be ignorant of it.  This is delusional.  God is not disappointed so much because we sin but because we do not confess our sins to Him in order to regain fellowship with Him.  The Christian with un-confessed sin has little concern for His Heavenly Fathers feelings (yes God does have feelings i.e. anger, jealousy, love).  But for they that do confess their sins a daily portion of forgiveness is given to them.  Ahh, what a wonderful feeling that everything is perfect between our Heavenly Father and us. The Holy Spirit does His job in reproving us.  Let each of us do our part with a proper response of confession to our God that He is right and we are wrong.  Truly confession to God will keep us humble; and besides, according to the verse above, confession makes us clean from all unrighteousness. You do like to be clean don’t you?

~Pastor Kaiser

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