If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:8-9
In life, we try to keep up appearances. Even in church – where we all know that we are weak and are in need of a savior, sometimes it feels like people are just putting on their “Sunday clothes”. Obviously, everyone is a sinner, but some people might hide it better than others. We HAVE to be aware of our sin to realize the magnitude of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for us.
In verse 9, it focuses on confession and repentance. But the act of confessing is not necessarily why we are forgiven. We are forgiven because God loves us and because Christ died for us. He is faithful because he cannot deny himself (2 Timothy 2:13). Because we are in Christ, God forgives us and purifies us! Confessing and repentance is more of being aware of how in need we are of Jesus.
So as the church, let us proclaim the good news in light of our weakness. For it is by grace we have been saved.
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:3