The Gift of Repentance
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
I have recited this verse so many times during my Christian walk. It’s one of those passages of Scripture that is easily memorized and often verbally spoken to ourselves as well as to those around us. Repentance is not just a one-time thing for us. We did repent and believe and were counted righteous when we started this life as a believer, but repentance is and should be a daily act for those in Christ. It is a part of this faith-filled life. We sin every single day. Confession of sin and repentance preserves our close relationship with the Father. Sin separates us from God, so when we sin, whether it’s one time, or we are in habitual, prolonged sin, without repentance that close relationship can suffer.
If we are in Christ, it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict us of sin in our lives. I am very thankful for that conviction. We cannot be like Christ when we are in sin. Unfortunately, there have been times I loved my sin so much that I delayed my repentance. I held on to that sin as if I was hiding it from the Lord. Sisters, nothing is hidden from God’s sight. Hebrews 4:13. Holding on to unconfessed sin and not repenting of it is like playing hot potato, we can only hold on to it for so long before we get burned. There is great freedom in making it a practice of confessing sins the Holy Spirit convicts us of. All we have to do is ask the Lord for forgiveness and to help us turn away from that sin so we can be more like Him. He is kind and ready to forgive, rich in faithful love to all who call on Him. Psalm 86:5. And once we do confess and repent, we have no condemnation because we are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1. Such freedom, sisters! Our repentance of sin is truly a gift!
Holy Spirit, I ask you to convict me of unconfessed sin. Bring to light sin I have harbored in my heart, so I may confess. Lord, I thank You that You are faithful and just to forgive me when I confess my sin.
Sisters, we can test ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith, and part of that is seeing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives by desiring to be holy and hating sin. When the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, let’s be diligent to confess it immediately. Repentance is not just asking for forgiveness, it’s the “turning away” from the sin we have confessed.