“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16, ESV).
Confession of sins is difficult because we are too proud and we don’t want to be found out. Can I get a witness? However, confession is a key to salvation. “But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers- their treachery against me and their hostility toward me, which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies- then their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, I will remember my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land” (Leviticus 26:40).
Repentance and forgiveness of sins is what John the Baptist was promising with baptism. This became the baptism of the Holy Spirit Jesus became the Baptizer. Confession of sins has always been central to the Judeo-Christian religions. Forgiveness is only through God for the Hebrews. But Jesus is God. Therefore, it is only through Jesus Christ that our sins are forgiven. “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 to forgive us our sins and purify (cleanse) us of all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Now, if you have been cleansed, then you can walk in the light. “God is light and in him there is no darkness at all." Only the sinless can stand before God. Therefore, we must be cleansed of darkness and made pure through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
How do we start this journey? It starts with a revival of our souls and spirits. We need to confess our sins and repent. Then we receive the saving grace of the love of Christ into our lives. We confess Him as our Lord and Savior who became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God. Revive our hearts Lord that we might be convicted of our sins. We live in an increasingly immoral society where sin is called good. Behavior that is anathema to God and against His Word is openly accepted and even encouraged. Ancient Rome and even Sodom and Gomorrah had nothing over us in the United States. We have thrown God out of society to our peril.
Only by realizing our doomed direction to Hell will we look for a change. This life is short, but eternal life in darkness and pain is forever. We have an opportunity to turn around and be saved, cleansed of our unrighteousness. All sins are equal in the eyes of God. “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:8).