Sorry this one gets personal because we are going to talk about you, I mean me, no wait you and me. Don’t worry not you and me in a weird why haven’t you called I really thought we connected kind of way. More of in a how you can mean you as in ya’ll or you as in you with the face who is reading this.
1 John 1:9 (NKJV) says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
This verse is pretty personal when you understand that the our being used is a Personal / Possessive Pronoun which means it is talking about you, I mean me, no wait you and me. It might as well be saying “If I Mike confess my sin, He is faithful and just to forgive me (Mike) my sin and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.” I could go on and add your name but with the hundreds of readers I have (that was a lie) I am sure I would miss someone.
We need to confess our specific sins. There is something very powerful in confessing our specific sins. Something about confessing that you need forgiveness for that addiction, or how you were cruel to that person, or whatever it might be. I cannot stress enough how much freedom there is in confessing that you are sorry for that specific sin. Now to not get me wrong and think that I am saying you are not forgiven for all of your sins if you do not confess them one by one. When you confess that you are a sinner and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior believing that died for you then you are forgiven and a become in that moment a child of God. That does not mean though that you have forgiven yourself. There are some sins that need specific confession, and they change over time as you mature in your walk with Jesus. But the fact that He is faithful and just (righteous) to forgive you does not change.
That brings me to my last point. God is right when He forgives you. Have you ever thought about that? When I think about the fact that God is right when He forgives me it blows me away. He is not right because I want Him to, rather He is right because He says He is. He says it here and in Romans 10:13 “for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord will be saved, and Acts 2:21, and so forth and so forth. God declares that He will forgive you and He is right when He does it. That is just mind blowing. The God of all the universe, the maker of things seen and unseen, the one who sees my tomorrow and my past says I will forgive you and I am just as right in forgiving you as I was in creating the earth and sending my Son to die.
You cannot argue with that, you cannot say sure but what about, or not me. You can only accept it or ignore it. Just remember though if you ignore it you are still wrong and He is still waiting to forgive you.
Just a thought,