Going Home: Confess and Repent
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
May I suggest it would be most helpful right now to stop and review the devotional of January 9 to learn more about true repentance.
After we have truly repented, we turn away from the life direction where we were headed and commit to consistently follow the Spirit as He leads us in the opposite direction through Christ to a deeper intimacy of personal relationship with our Father.
If we stumble, and we all sometimes do, we must quickly confess to the Father and truly repent. We cannot let the enemy keep us down or convince us we might as well go back to our old ways of life away from God.
Our Father is not mad at you when you stumble. In fact, He is mad ABOUT you! He patiently encourages us to allow His Holy Spirit to pick us up, dust us off, and get us quickly back on the right path.
True repentance brings about a commitment to no longer walk in outright rebellion and sin. A truly saved and repentant person does not make a practice of sin. See 1 John 5:18.
I like to say, “When you mess up, ‘fess up! Admit it and quit it.”
Tell your Heavenly Father you want to please Him today. Commit to go to Him quickly and confess any and every instance of personal failure.
Be quick daily to confess and repent.
Dive Deeper: Study 1 John 1; 1 John 5:18; Romans 4:7-8; Proverbs 28:13; Psalm 32:5; Isaiah 59:1-2.