Luke 15:21 - “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
Confession- a formal statement admitting one's guilt. To acknowledge or avow (a fault, crime, misdeed, weakness, etc.)
When the prodigal son left home, he spent all he had on riotous living. His rebellious spirit and sin lead him to a hog pen in a far country where he had hit rock bottom and finally came to his senses. He realized that he could not live according to what was right in his own eyes any longer, but that he needed God.
In acceptance of his condition, his need for God and his decision to return to the Father, the prodigal son prepared a confession statement that he would say to his father upon his return back home. Let's listen to his confession in Luke 15:21 - The son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I'm no longer worthy to be called your son.' Oh what a powerful picture of humble submission to God the Father.
David, a man after God's own heart had to confess his sins to God too. David had taken Uriah's wife, empregnated her and then had Uriah killed. Under the power of satan's deceptive thoughts, David believed that he had gotten away with what he had done and no one knew about it.
Having been confronted by God through Nathan about what he had done, David confesses in 2 Samuel 12:13a- So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
The power in both of these confessions is the fact that both men realized that their sin was against God first. Those secret sins that are in our hearts where only God's eyes can view.
The good news for all of us on today is that in the midst of our sins against God, we can go to Him in confession of our sins and scripture declares in 1 John 1:9 - If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
What sins have we daily made against God? Have we confessed them? Are we willing to confess them? God already knows about them. If we do, God is faithful and just to forgive us of them all.
When we acknowledge our sins and confess them to God, we will see spiritual growth and maturity in our lives.
To those who think you have not sinned since you got saved, here is a little pain medicine for you. 1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. Romans 3:23-24 - for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Let us all come in agreement on today that we will acknowledge our sin, confess them to God and turn away from them with the help of the Holy Spirit, God's Word and prayer.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for forgiveness of our sins.
I love you all with the love of Christ.