we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.
apostle says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for
another, that ye may be healed.” James 5:16. Confess your sins to God,
who only can forgive them, and your faults to one another. If you have given
offense to your friend or neighbor, you are to acknowledge your wrong, and
it is his duty freely to forgive you. Then you are to seek the forgiveness
of God, because the brother you have wounded is the property of God, and in
injuring him you have sinned against his Creator. . . .
True confession is always of a specific character, and acknowledges particular
sins. They may be of such a nature as to be brought before God only; they
may be wrongs that should be confessed to individuals who have suffered injury
through them; or they may be of a public character, and should then be as
publicly confessed. But all confession should be definite and to the point,
acknowledging the very sins of which you are guilty.
Many, many confessions should never be spoken in the hearing of mortals; for
the result is that which the limited judgment of finite beings does not anticipate.
. . . God will be better glorified if we confess the secret, inbred corruption
of the heart to Jesus alone than if we open its recesses to finite, erring
man, who cannot judge righteously unless his heart is constantly imbued with
the Spirit of God. . . . Do not pour into human ears the story which God alone
The confession that is the outpouring of the inmost soul finds its way to
the God of infinite pity.
Your sins may be as mountains before you; but if you humble your heart, and
confess your sins, trusting in the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour,
He will forgive, and will cleanse you from all unrighteousness. . . . Desire
the fullness of the grace of Christ. Let your heart be filled with an intense
longing for His righteousness.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 72, 73.