1 John 1:8-10 If we claim not to have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, then, since he is trustworthy and just, he will forgive them and purify us from all wrongdoing. If we claim we have not been sinning, we are making him out to be a liar, and his Word is not in us.
We often balk at having to take responsibility for the wrong we do and want so much for it to be someone else’s fault. I have heard a lot of people complete STEP TWO I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can help me to regain control of my life and wait for God to make everything right. I have heard people ask the question:
- If God has forgiven me for my sins because of Christ’s death, why must I confess my sins?
In admitting our sins and receiving Christ’s cleansing, we are:
(1) Agreeing with God that our sin truly is sin and that we are willing to turn from it.
(2) Ensuring that we don’t hide our sins from God and consequently from ourselves.
(3) Recognizing our tendency to sin and relying on His power to overcome it.
Recovery is not easy but it is simple. I had it explained to me very simply a long time ago and it is the best description I have found. Steps 1-2-3 “I can’t – God Can – I think I will let Him.”