I think we need to spend more time looking at our lives for areas which may warrant confession and forgiveness. It will improve our fellowship with God this side of eternity. God made a way for his people to act upon their contrite hearts and seek forgiveness…
1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands— 3 “‘If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the Lord a young bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed.
13 “‘If the whole Israelite community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though the community is unaware of the matter, when they realize their guilt 14 and the sin they committed becomes known, the assembly must bring a young bull as a sin offering and present it before the tent of meeting.
22 “‘When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of the Lord his God, when he realizes his guilt 23 and the sin he has committed becomes known, he must bring as his offering a male goat without defect.
35 In this way the priest will make atonement for them for the sin they have committed, and they will be forgiven.
Leviticus 4:1-3, 13-14, 22-23, 35
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
The lesson from God’s instruction to Israel regarding sin offerings is simple: we all sin. In fact, we sin intentionally and we sin unintentionally. Sin is an equal opportunity problem: the righteous sin and the sinful sin. The leaders sin and the followers sin. The priests and pastors sin, and the congregation sins.
We sin together and we sin apart. We sin. All of us.
God made a way for his people to act upon their contrite hearts and seek forgiveness from him. This happened through the shedding of blood of animal sacrifices in the Old Testament. Through Jesus, it happened once for all time through his shedding of blood on the cross of Calvary.
Animal sacrifices are no longer required, and we are forgiven of all sins through Jesus’ one act. Still, as we commit sin, we are to confess it. To use God’s words, when we realize our guilt and our sin becomes known to us, we should confess and seek God’s cleansing.
He will give it to us and although my sin today will not keep me from heaven (that is secure through my faith in Jesus’ sacrifice), my forgiveness from God today will restore my fellowship with God today.
Have you noticed that when you sin and realize it, if you don’t deal with God to confess and be cleansed, you carry it around like a lump in your throat or a sinking feeling in your gut? We can thank the Holy Spirit for that.
I think we (I, for sure) need to spend more time looking at our lives for areas which may warrant confession and forgiveness. It will improve our fellowship with God this side of eternity.