Happy Confession – Acknowledging Your Forgiveness



Confession and forgiveness are related topics that have been written about plenty elsewhere. Here I will summarize the good news regarding these subjects and provide links for those who wish to look into matters in more detail.


Confession isn’t about admitting sins. It’s about confessing your true identity. Your old sinful self has been crucified with Christ, is dead, and no longer exists.

Confessing sins doesn’t bring forgiveness. We confess because we are already forgiven, and our confession is that we already are forgiven.

We have been forgiven completely. God does not remember any of the offenses we have committed. He’s not angry at all, and never was. He’s in a good mood, always.

There is no more shame and there is no more guilt. We don’t need to be conscious of sins because they have been cleansed.

Confession is not something you do in order to get forgiveness. It’s something you do in order to celebrate the forgiveness you got for nothing. Nobody can earn forgiveness…Confession is only to bring sins to the light of Jesus and to see clearly that they were forgiven all along. – Robert Capon


To Confess Or Not To Confess

Do you have to confess a sin for it to be forgiven?

Confession: Here we go again!

Do Christians need to confess their sin? Part 1

Do Christians need to confess their sin? Part 2

12 Reasons Why Christians Don’t Need to Confess-to-be-Forgiven

Completely Forgiven? When Confession is Bad for You

Is Forgiveness Something God Does or Gives?

Healthy vs Unhealthy Confession

6 Examples of Confession in the Bible

Why Confession is Still Good for You

1 John 1:9 – Something Old, Something New

Are Sinners Forgiven Too?

Son or Sinner – What Are You Confessing?

Why Do People Need to Receive the Gift of Forgiveness if the Whole World is Already Forgiven?

Are We Completely Forgiven?

The Axe of Forgiveness

God Doesn’t Do Half-Jobs: Why Partial Forgiveness Is Completely Bogus

Where Does Forgiveness Come From? And Why Does it Matter?

Complete Confession


2 thoughts on “Happy Confession – Acknowledging Your Forgiveness

  1. –“Confession isn’t about admitting sins. It’s about confessing your true identity. ” — If this is true, then what do you have to say about verses such as these; James 5:16, “Confess your sins to each other . . . ” or 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Don’t go beyond the Words of God. God DOES say to confess your sins.

    It is true that confession is much more than just that. Romans 10:9 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ . . . ” But the Bible DOES teach our need to not only confess (which is another way of saying “acknowledging”) our SINS to God but also to each other. In one sense, the Catholics have it right when they have confession to a priest. The difference is that in Christ we are ALL priests, therefore we can confess to each other. Of course the other major issue is that it is ultimately Christ who absolves our sins, but I am straying from the point.

    Why would God tell us to confess our sins if He did not want us to confess our sins? Our course, we are not seeking salvation all over again because we sinned. “Christ died for all, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18). We don’t have to beg for God to forgive us, we already have it in Jesus Christ. BUT God still wants us to acknowledge our sin before Him. Even as a husband to my wife, I will continue to acknowledge my sin against her, that I was wrong and I seek her forgiveness (even if i know that she has already forgiven me). And I can guarantee you that if God blesses you with a wife, you BETTER do so, or else your marriage will quickly fall apart. The person who feels that he does not need to confess his sins to God is on very dangerous ground. No relationship could function this way, why should our relationship with God be any different. But more than that, God said it. That should be enough for us.

    I WILL add however, that from the Bible we KNOW we are forgiven, and God wants us to live in that reality. The process I take when I sin, is to (as soon as God convicts me of my sin) take it God, confess it before Him, and the immediately claim the forgiveness that is mine in Jesus! I follow this with praise and wonder that He would forgive such a great sinner as myself. I marvel in the forgiveness and mercy of God and thank Him for the cross, which was rightly mine. So, I agree and disagree with you Tyler. Confession is isn’t ONLY about admitting our sins, but it is taking one crucial step further and rejoicing in the forgiveness that is ours in Jesus. But it is also certainly not LESS than this. It is both of these things according to the testimony of the Bible.

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