Why Confession and Repentance Matter
We confess and repent because God wants us to be in continual, intimate relationship with Him.
Though nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39), refusing to admit sin and to change will damage our relationship with Jesus.
Repentance is more than, “I’ll try not to do it again.” True repentance is seeing the destructiveness of sin and admitting we have sinned against God.
Heartfelt confession and repentance says, “This is MY sin, and I will do everything I can to make this area of my life obedient to Jesus.” The Lord is not wishing any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
Reasons to Repent & Turn Back to God
1 John 1:6-9 is one of the best explanations in the Bible for why we should confess our sins.
“If we claim to have fellowship with God and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:6-9).
Reasons to Confess our Sins & Turn Back to God
- We acknowledge before God that we know and take responsibility for our sin.
- It proves that we are not trying to hide our sin from God, others, or ourselves. It humbles us.
- It shows that we are asking for and relying on God’s strength to help us change.
- And most importantly, confession and repentance sustain our loving relationship with God.
It is best to be humble before God by admitting to our sins. Thank Jesus for his blood that cleanses us from sin. The greatest miracle is Jesus forgiving sins. All you have to do is ask Him. If you don’t know where to begin, I encourage you to watch the video “Prayer for Forgiveness, Renewal & Repentance.”