I John 1:9 (NLT) But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
Not one of us is flawless. Selfishness and pride grow all too easily in our hearts. “Sin is an inherited inclination in us all, and it needs to be forgiven.” Jesus taught us to pray for forgiveness—not to remind us of our sinful nature as much as to “keep us from becoming sloppy in our ideas about the grace of God. We often distort God’s grace and give in to the deception that we can do anything we want as long as God’s grace encompasses us. Paul said, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!” (Rom 6:1-2). God offers forgiveness graciously and abundantly when we recognize and confess our sins. Don’t walk away from the mirror of God’s Word without tending to your soul (James 1:23-25). The closer we live to God, the more aware we will be of sins dreadful effects. Don’t see how close you can get to the flame without getting burned. Determine to live righteously before the Lord.