All our sins are forgiven and God does not remember them. So what do you do when you do something wrong and you feel bad?
We already established that, In Christ, we have forgiveness as we saw in Ephesians 1:7 and Colossians 1:14. Since we already have forgiveness, if we do anything wrong, we can acknowledge and declare that we are forgiven.
What about confession of sins? You may ask. When we mention confession of sins, many have the idea of recounting all their wrong deeds and pleading with God to forgive them. That is not healthy at all.
This is because you will become sin conscious as you keep remembering and telling God about your sins. By the time you are done, you will feel more and more guilty. So confession of sins as it is understood this way isn’t the best.
Confession means to agree or say the same thing. So to confess our sins should mean to say the same thing God says about our sins. God says you have forgiveness in Christ (Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14). When you sin, you confess that you are forgiven.
Instead of remembering all your sins and pleading with God to forgive you, remember that Christ has already forgiven you and confess that you are forgiven and give thanks for it. Thank God that in spite of how wrong your deed is, he already forgave you. Here, you acknowledge your wrong but you also acknowledge that you are forgiven no matter how wrong you are.
When this happens, guilt looses hold off you. Instead of feeling separated from God, you feel close to him. Sin then gradually looses its hold.
Many people think that if you do not recount your sins anytime you sin, you will be prone to sinning and soon be driven away from God. Actually, a life of always recounting one’s sin isn’t fulfilling at all. Many people who always recount their sins before God, as a way of earning forgiveness, do not feel forgiven. They do not feel close to God. They carry a guilty conscience and always feel very far from God. So they keep recounting their sins in hope that they would be forgiven one day.
Why go through this awful experience for something that you already have? Beloved, in Christ, you have the forgiveness of sin. Acknowledge this truth and begin to walk in the victorious life you have in Christ.
You are forgiven means there’s no sin to your account. It means there’s record of sin to your name. Many believe on judgement day, God is going to display their sins in full view of the world. That’s an erroneous thought. God isn’t keeping record of our sins. How will he play it back to you?
David described how blessed the person who receives righteousness by faith is. He says God doesn’t impute his or her sins against him. That means God doesn’t count their sins against them or record their sins.
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, And whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Beloved, you are forgiven and made righteous. You have no record of sin. So don’t go about with sin consciousness. All your sins are forgiven and you stand blameless in Christ. See the same way God sees and enjoy your glorious life in Christ.
(Many people are wondering about 1 John 1:9 and confession of sins. I will treat it separately in another series.)
You are deeply loved!