When my children were small I tried to teach them to always fess up and tell the truth if they did something wrong or if something got broken.  When they did confess to something, I did my best not to be too upset and to let them know that I was glad they told me and I forgave them.  It didn’t always happen in that nice scenario, but that was my goal.

    In 1 John 1:9 we are told “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (KJV)  My plan was similar to God’s, but with a few major differences.  In my plan, I was flawed and sometimes didn’t respond correctly.  God and His plan are perfect.  If we confess and repent, He will always readily forgive.  Also, God says He will make us clean again.  That is something I would not be able to do for my children.  God, however, can make us clean from our wrongdoings as though, in His eyes, they never happened.  But it all comes back to the beginning of that verse, first we have to confess our sins to Him.

Published by Ray Richards