Repetitive sins pt. 2

confessing

Dealing with repetitive sins

In part one of this short series I advocated for confessing our sins.  Additionally, I warned against re-confessng as a strategy for dealing with reoccurring guilt and shame.   Instead, I called for guilty, shame filled believers to thank God for forgiveness.  Thanking embraces our freedom by faith.

Now, let’s consider an important benefit of confession.  1Jn 1:9 says, “If we confess … He cleanses.”

Confessing our sins invites God to clean up sinful behaviors.

The Greek term katharizo signifies “to make clean” (a) from physical stains and dirt, as in the case of utensils, Matt. 23:25 or from disease like leprosy, Matt. 8:2.  

“Cleansing” = washing dirt from an object.

Dirty believers who agree with God about their sin are taken to the tub where God starts washing dirty behaviors away.

REMEMBER: there is no magic pill or secret formula that eliminates sin from our lives.  Confession is not a magic potion.  Having said that, confession is the fundamental responsibility believers have when they sin.  It’s an invitation to our Father to begin cleaning up sinful behaviors. 

Does this post create questions?  What are your thoughts so far? 

Grace Freak

Dan Rockwell 

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