When you fail at completing a task, how do you feel? Are you performance-driven and beat yourself up mentally? Or, are you laid back and determined to do better next time? Everyone reacts differently. However, how do you react when you fail to do something that the bible says we should do? Does it even affect you? As a child of God, we have something that non-believers don’t have. We have a loving Heavenly Father who will forgive us when we sin. If we are willing to humble ourselves and confess our sin to our Lord and Saviour, He has promised to forgive us. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV) tells us:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Isn’t that wonderful! Non-believers in Jesus Christ may ask forgiveness to someone that they have offended but only our Lord and Saviour can forgive our spiritual sins. But I wonder how many Christians actually ask for forgiveness from our Lord? If they believe that God is an angry God, maybe they’re too afraid to confess their sins. If they are legalistic Christians they will perform a ritual confession, which may not be from their heart.
Our Heavenly Father knows our hearts. He knows an honest and contrite confession when He hears it. Don’t be afraid to use the wonderful gift that Jesus gave us when He died on the cross for our sins. I think that an honest confession from our hearts to our Lord and Saviour is what He is looking for.