Pleading Guilty

A devotion on 1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
–1 John 1:9

There is a great satisfaction that comes when someone apologizes to us.

It’s like a bucket of water on fire. It cools us down.

Even judges will often reduce sentences for those who confess to a crime. The earlier guilt is admitted, the less punishment is usually given.

So why would anyone choose to hide their guilt or deny their wrongdoing when a world of reconciliation and healing is waiting? Perhaps it is out of fear that the person whom we have wronged will use our confession against us in the future. Or maybe it is an attempt to save face with someone.

When it comes to power, no relationship is more lopsided than the one we have with God.

He is the Maker of the universe and the Judge of all of mankind. Yet He is also a gracious Father that offers us a great deal in response to our crimes against Him.

When we confess, He forgives, simply and completely. With our confession and His forgiveness, real change takes place within us. We become a little more like Jesus. Pleading guilty halts our unrighteous desires, thoughts, and actions and gives us a fresh start again.

Prayer

Holy God, I confess that I have not lived a sinless life. Everything I have done — even the things I thought were good — is as filthy rags when compared to Your perfection. Please forgive my sins and shortcomings. Thank You for Your matchless, incomparable grace. In Jesus’ dear name I pray, Amen.

Reflection

What confession should I make to God today? I will do so now.