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If We Confess Our Sins . . .

          A woman called in to a Christian radio program and said, "I had an abortion seventeen years ago, and I have asked forgiveness from God every day for seventeen years."  She wanted to know if God would ever forgive her and asked if she was going to hell for it.

          The talk-show host said, "How would you like it if someone who did something wrong to you comes knocking at your door the next day to ask for forgiveness.  You forgive the person and everything is cleared up on your part.

          "But the next day, the person shows up at your door and asks forgiveness again.  You remind her that you already forgave her the day before.  She leaves, but returns the next day, knocks on your door and again asks forgiveness.

          "Again you remind her, 'I forgave you two days ago.  Don't you remember?  Don't you believe what I said?'

          "This goes on day after day for seventeen years!  Wouldn't you be frustrated because she didn't trust your word?"

          The lady on the phone said, "I never thought about it that way before."

          The host then said, "When you asked Jesus to save you, he forgave you of all your sins.  Confession means 'to say the same thing.'  You need to say the same thing as what God says about your sins--he died for every one of them!"

          When we confess our sins, we not only admit we have done them, but we agree with God that Jesus died for them.  Confession declares that the blood of Jesus is more powerful that the guilt that haunts us. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 55)

Confession and Forgiveness

The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.  We don't need to confess our sins a thousand times.  We need to confess them once and thank God a thousand times for forgiving them. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 54)

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