The beauty of the Christian Faith is that we can be reconciled to our God. We can be in right standing with our Creator. How awesome it is to operate from the knowledge that we are impeccably clean.
“If 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 KJV).
Psychologically speaking, it is also healthy for us to confess our sins. It is cathartic. It purges our subconscious of those things that we think we are hiding from ourselves and from God.
As the great Biblical Commentator, Adam Clarke suggests: When we confess our sins, we strive to purify our hearts of sin.
Sin exists in the soul after two modes or forms:
(1.) In guilt, which requires forgiveness or pardon.
(2.) In pollution, which requires cleansing.
Psychological guilt does our psyche and physical health untold harm. Thanks be to Christ for paving the road of purification!
After we have been sanctified and made clean, how then should we live? What is the test to see if we are truly operating with a worldview of righteousness?
It is this: That we be imitators of Christ.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”(1 John 1:7, KJV).
In dealing with your spouse, your children, your co-workers, the random stranger on the street today; are you imitating Christ? That is the question and that is the test of righteousness.
Steven Ingram is a Christian Counsellor and Certified Strategic Interventionist working to free minds at Liberty Strategic Coaching.