8. Confessing My Sins

Please remember to pray before reading!

Yesterday we learned the importance of confessing our sins in a specific way. In order to experience a genuine confession and repentance, we must realize that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our individual sins. As we take a long look at the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, it will cause us to become humble, submissive and repentant. We will come to appreciate what Jesus has done for us, and our hearts will be full of gratitude for Him.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He will forgive and cleanse us.

Proverbs 28:13 — If we try to hide our sins, we won’t prosper.

James 5:16 — We need to make things right with others, and pray for each other.

Hebrews 4:15 — Jesus understands just how we feel, and everything about us.

Psalm 34:18 — God wants us to have a contrite heart.

Isaiah 1:16-18 — God calls us to put away our sins, and to receive cleansing .

Ezekiel 33:15 — We are to make restitution when we have wronged someone.

2 Corinthians 7:11 — Godly sorrow for sin leads us to make things right.

Genesis 3:12, 13 — There is no excuse for sin, even though we try to blame others.

1 Timothy 1:15 — Each one of us needs to admit that we are chief sinners.

 

Keeping in mind God’s wonderful mercy, and our sinfulness, let us sincerely ask ourselves these questions:

  1. Do I realize that I cannot pay for my sins, and that God doesn’t require penance from me?
  2. Am I willing to take personal responsibility for my sins, and admit I was wrong? Am I willing to stop blaming others, or circumstances for my sins?
  3. Do I feel the need to be forgiven for my sins, and am I willing to let God take them away from me?
  4. Do I realize that all sin is dangerous, and pride is the worst, because it keeps us from seeking God?
  5. Do I avoid these two extremes – thinking that God won’t forgive me because I’m too bad, or thinking my sins are not bad enough to need forgiveness?
  6. Am I willing to make things right with everyone I have wronged, and forgive all those who have wronged me?
  7. Do I believe my confession of sin is sincere, and that my heart is humble and repentant?
  8. Have I confessed specific sins to God, and been willing to ask for strength to turn away from them?
  9. Is my confession of sin free from self-justification, blame and excuses?
  10. Am I willing to probe deep into my heart, so God can expose all my secret sins, and let them go?