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Don Stewart :: What Is Involved in Confession of Sin?

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Don Stewart
Though the believer has been cleansed from their sins once and for all, they need to confess their daily sins to God. This is for the purpose of unbroken fellowship - it is not to keep ourselves saved. The blood of Christ settled the believer's guilt once and for all. However we need to be constantly cleansed from the everyday sins.

1.Agree With God

The word confess comes from the Greek word homologeo. It literally means to say the same thing. Confession means to agree or acknowledge fully. Therefore when we confess we say the same thing as God does about our sin. We have God's viewpoint on the matter-we see it as he does. We also acknowledge with him that sin has awful disastrous affects.

Confession does not mean rendering lip service or mouthing deeds with vain repetition. This includes:

2.Owning Up To Sin

Own up to the fact that the thought or action is wrong. Do not try to justify yourself by rationalizing that it really was not sin. Such rationalizations as, Everyone's doing it, It's just a natural human error, or It's not really so bad is not real confession.

3.Be Specific

Name the particular thing to God. Do not be general. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to reveal, point out, shine searchlight on specific items in my life.

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

We are told to examine ourselves

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Prove yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indeed you are disqualified (2 Corinthians 13:5).

4.Be Prompt

We should not save up our sins until the night and then confess them. We need to confess them immediately. The Bible says:

In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry (Ephesians 4:26).

5.Be Sincere About Quitting

We must also be sincere about quitting the sin we are confessing. We must have the best intention of not doing it again.

Jesus Our Advocate

The Bible says that Jesus Christ is our advocate. He is the one interceding to God the Father on our behalf.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1)

He restores to fellowship believers who sin.


Confession is a sincere internal or external verbalization to God that takes only a few words and can be done at any time or any place. It says something like this: I acknowledge that what I have done is wrong and that I agree it is horrible in your sight. Help me to hate it as much as you hate it. In addition, I determine with your help to put this particular sin out of my life and not do it again.

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