I don't hear much talk about confession these days. There was a time when any good book on Christian piety dealt with it. Confession used to occupy an important place in the liturgy of corporate worship. But outside of a general admission that we are sinners, or the specific confession of the one "big sin" in our life, confession seems to have become something largely forgotten.
Maybe this is because we believe that since God knows our sins and has forgiven us of our transgressions in Christ there is no real need to continue to confess. I want to offer a few posts encouraging a recovery of the practice starting with 5 reasons to confess our sins regularly to God. The following is adapted from John Bunyan's catechism, Instruction for the Ignorant.
Why Should We Confess Our Sins?
1. Confession Acknowledges God's Place and Authority In our Lives
"By a sincere and hearty confession of sin thou acknowledgest God to be thy Sovereign Lord, and that he hath right to impose his law upon thee (Ex. 20)."
2. Confession Agrees With God's Judgment Against Sin
"By confessing thy sin, thou subscribest to his righteous judgments that are pronounced against it (Psa 51:3,4)."
3. Confession Admits We Are Unworthy of God's Grace
"By confessing of sin, thou showest how little thou deservest the least mercy from God."
4. Confession Affirms Our Hatred of Sin
"By [confessing sin] thou showest whether thy heart loves it, or hates it. He that heartily confesseth his sin, is like him who having a thief or a traitor in his house, brings him out to condign punishment; but he that forbears to confess, is like him who hideth a thief or traitor against the laws and peace of our Lord the King."
5. Confession Accepts God's Grace as Our Only Hope
"He that confesseth his sin, casteth himself at the feet of God's mercy, utterly condemns and casts away his own righteousness, concludeth there is no way to stand just and acquit before God, but by and through the righteousness of another; whether God is resolved to bring thee, if ever he saves thy soul (Psa 51:1-3; 1 John 1:9; Phil 3:6-8)."