People often think that confession is unnecessary due to the fact that God has already forgiven us for all of our sins through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. While this is true, the reality atonement of Jesus’ blood over our sins does not guarantee that our fellowship with God will always be joyful like it should be. We still struggle with sins as God’s people, and our willful sin in our walk with Christ may temporarily separate us from having good and proper fellowship with God like we should have. This is why John commands us to confess our sins in 1 John 1:9, and so does James in James 5:16. For further proof, consider Psalm 51 from King David which is his confession to God over his sin with Bathsheba.
In short, we know that God is willing to forgive us of our sins, but our sins here on earth can still separate us from God if we allow sin to live perpetually in our lives and to not repent from it. Christians are not people who are sinless; but we are people who willingly confess our sins to God and to our brothers and sisters in Christ so that we might maintain proper fellowship with God and with the body of Christ. God wants us to be close with Him and His people always; unconfessed sin disallows that to happen.
Please pray for our students tonight as they try to grasp this biblical teaching, and encourage them this week to adopt this as a regular practice in their walk with Jesus. Teach them that confession (while often painful and hard) always brings us closer to God and with each other, and that in this we find joy – the type of joy that Jesus wants for His followers.
Youth Pastor – FBC Elberton