God Hates Sin
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9 NIV)
Now, I know that dealing with sin isn’t a politically correct concept to examine in these shallow, user-friendly days, but let’s do it anyway. God hates sin. That’s the best place to start because it is the essential fact about all sin. God’s holy nature detests every kind of sin. He is grieved and provoked by sin, as we see over and over again in the Bible. Sin, and nothing else, is what separates man from God. This is why Christ shed his blood, endured the cross and its shame, and went through the agony of being God’s sacrificial Lamb. He did it all to deal with the ugly fact of sin in your life and mine.
In the end, God will annihilate all sin. He cannot relent from this because it is the essence of his holy nature. Through Jesus he provided for the washing away of sin’s guilt. Through the essence of the Holy Spirit within us, he provided an antidote to sin’s power over us. But always remember that in the end God will destroy the very fact of sin in the universe so that righteousness and peace can reign eternally.
It is obvious, then, that our first order of business as Christians every day is to deal with sin. Daily, hourly, and moment by moment, we must by the grace of God bring all our sin to the Lord in sincere and contrite confession. Confession of sin is the most important key to being a people and church that live continually under the blessing of heaven. Once unconfessed sin begins to fester in our hearts and lives, there is absolutely no telling what sad chapters will be written even though we claim to be the people of God.
Our need to confess sin exposes the whole fallacy of “positive confession” (a teaching that you can have from God whatever you say) or the recitation of certain prayers as if they were a magic mantra for success. If there is unconfessed sin and a clogged-up spiritual life underneath everything, we can recite Scripture all day and claim every promise in the Bible, but God is bound by his own Word not to answer us. Psalm 66:18 states, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear” (NJKV). This truth brings out in bold relief not only the awful effect of sin but also the incredible power of confessing our sin openly to a loving Savior.
Confessing our sin leads to the greatest spiritual joy and peace we can experience as human beings. The psalmist David, who was an expert in these matters, described it this way: “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit (Psalm 32:1-2).
Notice that David didn’t say, “How blessed and happy is the man or woman who has never sinned,” because that would leave no chance of blessedness for anyone who has ever lived.
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from The Church God Blesses)
Read 1 John 1:5—2:2.