At the beginning of our worship service, we have a confession of sin every week: we pray a prayer of confession together and then there is a moment of silence for you to confess your individual sins. But it’s important to point out that if you’re walking with Jesus, regularly confessing your sins as they arise, you may routinely come to this part of the service and have a completely clean conscience. You might not know of anything you need to confess. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. You shouldn’t feel guilty for not feeling guilty. You shouldn’t rummage around in the deep recesses of your memory trying to drudge up something you might have, sort of, kind of, maybe, possibly needed to confess. We don’t confess vague generalities; we don’t confess possibilities. So don’t confess things like: “I could be nicer to my wife, nicer to my kids, nicer to my husband, more generous with my time or money.” Sins are disobedience to God. If you blatantly disobeyed Him, then confess it and be forgiven. But don’t confess stuff just to confess stuff. Jesus didn’t bleed and die for vague guilty feelings. Jesus bled and died for all your particular sins. And so some of you may need to confess the sin of not believing you are actually forgiven and completely clean, for thinking you need to feel sorrier or suffer a little more. If Jesus makes you clean, you are clean indeed.
Being a Christian means being in Christ, and in Him there is no darkness. It’s all light. And if you have developed the habit of confessing your sins as soon as you see them, then you should be normally walking in peace and joy and love. If you walk in the light, the blood of Jesus cleanses you from all unrighteousness. Then when we pray together about our sins, don’t do it trying to find some mud to rub on to your arms and cheeks, as though it’s holier to feel a little dirty, trying to get all muddied up for the absolution. No, say the words triumphantly: we do sin in thought, word, and deed, we are sinners saved by grace, but pray those words like one of your favorite jokes, pray those words like a wonderful, hilarious joke that you know the punch line to. Because you do know the punch line. The punch line is Jesus, His cross, His resurrection, and your forgiveness.