God provides everything we need to enjoy a close relationship with Him.
1 John 1:5-10
As we mature spiritually and gain wisdom from Scripture, we should recognize that confession, repentance, and obedience are necessary tools for maintaining an intimate relationship with God. When the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, the right response is to quickly confess the wrong to God and turn away from it so we won’t continue to grieve our Father.
Confession means agreeing with God that our transgression is wrong and violates His will. Sin impacts our fellowship with the Lord, and until we confess it to Him, we cannot receive the cleansing He offers. But when we do, He’s faithful to forgive us.
Yet confession is incomplete unless we also repent—that is, turn away from sin through the power of the Holy Spirit and turn to the Lord in obedience. Sadly, true repentance is increasingly neglected as our society rejects all shame and encourages tolerance of sin.
Don’t believe the world’s lies. See your sin as God sees it, and let your heart be grieved. To keep your life pure before Him, use all the tools He’s given—confession, repentance, and obedience.