9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We have heard it so many times in these circles of prayers the importance stressed on, Confession. However I really wan us to consider what it means to really confess? What really is a confession and why do we need to confess? Is confession for God or is it for us? Next, what do we confess? Finally, what is the outcome of confession?
1. What does it mean to confess?
Naturally only God knows at any moment the full extent of a person’s unrighteousness. Each Christian, however, is responsible to acknowledge (the meaning of “confess,” homologōmen; cf. 2:23; 4:3) whatever the light makes him aware of, and when he does so, a complete and perfect cleansing is granted him. There is thus no need to agonize over sins of which one is unaware.