The other morning, I read through the Piper Devotional. There is a free iPhone app called Piper Devotional that has scripture and excerpts from John Piper’s writings and sermons. I highly recommend it to you. It really blesses and refreshes, nourishes and challenges me.
This morning, the devotion began with the familiar scripture, 1 John 1:9.
The verse reads, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
This is a passage that I have prayed, said over and over again to myself to remind my heart, soul, and mind of its truth, that I truly stake my life on. So it was very good to read it again this morning.
I mean, don’t you just LOVE this verse?
Confess your sin. Tell God your sin.
Christ will forgive you.
accept your apology.
And not only that. He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
You will be like you have never sinned. You will be clean!
from all and any of it. any and all of the sin.
Because and in His faithful and just character.
This is the command. Confess.
This is the promise. Forgiveness and cleansing.
This is the foundation. Christ, and His faithful and just character.
That just brings me to my knees. And it bring me to worship Him gladly.
So, John Piper writes, “A vague, bad feeling that you are a crummy person is not the same as conviction for sin. Feeling rotten is not the same as repentance.”
I thought to myself – gosh, that’s sometimes what my ‘confession’ is. ‘Lord, I feel bad.’ Or, ‘ Lord, I’m not such a good person.
And I guess that’s true. But at the same time, I’ve stopped short. I have not obey the command to confess my sin.
Piper writes that the crummy feeling, the “unworthiness” before “the Creator of the universe,” is surely something to “tell Him about.”
But we cannot stop there because that’s not confession, and it’s not very helpful.
He goes on to write when we confess, “… [we’re] apologizing to Christ for not keeping all that He commanded. I’m broken and angry at my sin. I want to kill it, not me. I’m not suicidal.”
Instead of letting feelings of crumminess and unworthiness lead us to despairing and even suicidal thoughts, when we confess our sin, it leads us to forgiveness, to cleansing, to Christ, to Life.
Gosh, what a word! I mean, how often have your thoughts of ‘I feel yucky’ led you to sin, which ultimately lead to death? How many times have you battled these thoughts and truly not known what to do!?
Well, Piper is echoing John of 1 John when he says, ‘We specifically confess our sin!’
So this morning I listed out to the Lord specific sins. Sins of insensitivity and unlovingness. The awful, pervasive sin of selfishness, which especially deteriorates my relationship with my wonderful husband and my precious child. And I claimed the rich promise that when I “confess my sin, He is faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness.”
Christ, who is my forgiveness and my worth, brings me life, His Life, instead of myself walking my little self straight to sin, to unnecessary thoughts of unworthiness, to despair, to death.
I cling! I stake my life! I live! in the promise of His forgiveness and cleansing righteousness. I am free and able to walk in the newness of life.
Isn’t it THE HUGE TREASURE, confession to Christ!?