1. Is there a promise for those who confess their sins?
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” I John 1:9.
2. To whom besides the Lord should one confess his sins?
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much,” James 5:16.
3. If one tries to cover up a sin, and will not properly confess it, what effect will such a course have on the delinquent?
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh him shall have mercy,” Proverbs 28:13.
4. Is it possible to hide a sin from God, by refusing to let it be known?
“For there is not a word in my tongue but, lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether,” Psalm 139:4; Hebrews 4:13.
5. How did David feel before he confessed his sins?
“When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer,” Psalm 32:3, 4.
6. What came to him after confession?
“I acknowledged my sin unto Thee and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin,” verse 5.
7. Who is the advocate of the sinner?
“If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous,” I John 2:1.
8. How fully did Israel confess to Samuel when they wished him to intercede before God in their behalf?
“And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for they servants unto the Lord Thy God, that we die not; for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king,” I Samuel 12:19.
9. How ought one to feel as he confesses his sins?
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions,” Psalm 51:1.
10. Will there be a time when every one will confess to God?
“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God . . . So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God,” Romans 14:11, 12.
NOTE: The confessions here spoken of are those which will be made in the judgment when every one will have to tell the exact truth regarding himself; for a record of every word and act of his life will be there. If any one has refused to acknowledge his sins before, affirming that he could not see them, he will then see just as the record has them marked. He will confess his sins when it is too late to obtain forgiveness. It is far better to acknowledge our faults now, and with the help of God put them away, while there is hope of salvation.
When my heart is sad and lonely,
With grief or sin oppressed:
I come to Thee, sweet Jesus
And Thou dost give me rest.
I know Thou carest for me
With love that ne’er can die,
And Thou art now preparing
My home from in the sky.
_ G. Hooper