Why Do We Confess Sins?

Bible Summary. Sin is any thought or action that is against God. When we are in sin we are not in relationship with God. Confessing the sins in our lives is a first step in being reconciled back to God. God, because of His righteous nature, cannot be in the presence of our sinful disobedience. In fact from God's perspective, sin must be destroyed. At the same time God, because of His loving nature, loves all of mankind even though they are in sin. To reestablish a loving relationship with mankind, Jesus Christ paid the price on the cross for mankind's sin. All that is required for a person to receive this free gift of salvation from sin is to confess their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures on why we confess sins. Key Bible Verses: Romans 5:12, Hosea 5:15, Romans 5:16, 1 John 4:15, and 1 John 1:9.

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What Is Sin And Why Does God Want Us To Confess Sins?

Sin is any thought or action that is against God. Sin started with Adam. As a result of Adam being disobedient to God in the garden of Eden, sin entered Adam and it became part of his nature. Because of our natural forefather, Adam, all of mankind has inherited this sin nature. Acknowledging sin in our lives is a first step to being reconciled back to God.

See Scripture Commentary: Romans 5:12 advises us how sin was passed to all of mankind.

God Will Not Have a Relationship With Us Unless We Confess Sins.

Whether we know it or not, we are suppose to be in a loving relationship with God. When we are not, we have broken our relationship with Him. Our disobedience to God, our creator, is a sin. Only when we acknowledge our offenses toward God can our relationship with God be restored.

See Scripture Commentary: Hosea 5:15 advise us that God will not have a relationship with us without a confession of our sins.

God's Free Gift to Saves Us From the Consequences of Our Sin.

Because of God's righteousness nature, He must destroy and punish sin. Because of God's love, Jesus Christ paid the price on the cross for our sinful disobedience. Jesus' act on the cross is God's free gift to mankind. All we must do is confess and believe. This loving act enable mankind to be justified and in good standing with God.

See Scripture Commentary: Romans 5:16 advises us on God's free gift of salvation from sin.

We Confess Sins and Accept Jesus Christ as Our Lord and Savior.

If we confess our sins and acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we will be saved from the consequences of our sins. We will be in fellowship with God and have eternal life.

See Scripture Commentary: 1 John 4:15 advises us to confess that Jesus is the Son of God.

Cleanse Us From Our Sin and All Unrighteousness.

God desires and requires that we confess sins and our sin nature. He requires that we confess that Jesus Christ's action on the cross enable God to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

See Scripture Commentary: 1 John 1:9 advises us on confession and God cleansing us from all unrighteousness