Proper Confession of Sin
The following is by the late Harry Ironside, from his commentary on John’s First Epistle.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
In the Old Testament men were to come to God with an offering and confess that they had sinned in that thing. This implies definiteness in confession. I am afraid many of us really never get to God in confession because we are so indefinite. Somebody prays and says, "If Thou hast seen any sin, anything amiss in me, forgive me." Hold on a minute! Is there anything amiss; do you know of anything amiss?
The proper way to make confession is to come to God acknowledging the wrong I have done.
Oh, dear friends, if you want blessing, get into the presence of God and tell Him all about it, about that bad temper, about that scandalous tongue, about all the things that grieve His Holy Spirit.
Some of you say, “I Pray for my husband, I would like him to be converted.”
He is more likely to be converted if you will say, “O God, I confess that my bad temper is hindering my husband from being saved, it is alienating my children; I am not surprised that my friends are not converted.”
Then go to them, too, and make confession.
If you have been saying it was nervousness when it was really bad temper, confess that it is temper, and stop trying to excuse sin.
He will cleanse us by the washing of the Word, and give victory in our lives, and enable us to
live here to His praise and glory.
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