CONFESSION OF SIN
Saturday, November 11, 2017
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“And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptised by him in the River Jordan.” Mark 1:4-5

While a multitude of Israelites responded to John the Baptist’s call to repentance by confessing their sin for forgiveness and getting baptized in the Jordan River, the religious leaders of Jewish society did not do so. They thought the message was targeted at the people of the lower class who did not abide by the laws as religiously as they did, and therefore needed to confess their sins for forgiveness and cleansing.

This mindset of pride and religiosity is due in part to an incomplete or incorrect understanding of God and of themselves. The truth is we are all sinners by nature. As Scripture says, “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). There is no point in comparing our sins to other people’s sins or to take comfort in the fact that our sins are nowhere near as grave as the sins of others. We are all inherently inadequate before God regardless of how good, perfect and giving we think ourselves to be. We cannot escape our sinful natures any more than we can escape the law of gravity. We are sinners who struggle every day with sin, even just in thought.

Though God already knows our past, present and future sin, for which we are forgiven and cleansed through the cross of Christ, this does not negate our need to acknowledge and confess our sin on a daily basis. We have a relational God who is pleased with us when we commune with Him from the deepest recesses of our hearts. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Confession of sin not only deepens our relationship with God, but reinforces our resolve to live a godly life and keeps us in humble submission to God’s will.

We all stand on equal ground before God and cannot think ourselves to be spiritually superior to another. Even Paul laments his sin when he says, “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” In the next verse, he says, “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:24-25 NLT). Sin is sin and it grieves God, but acknowledging it, confessing it and repenting of it not only frees us from guilt associated with our sin, but is an expression of humility, recognizing not only our need for God’s grace, but the very real need for the work of Jesus Christ in our lives.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to remain humble before You and to confess my sins, so that I can keep in good standing my desire to live a godly life, and deepen my relationship with You. Thank You, Lord.


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