Confessing sin leads to forgiveness

Scripture reference

1 John 1:9 (ASV 1901)

9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Stories

G. H Lang knew to confess his sins in order to obtain God's mercy. He knew the way of pardon, but was frustrated that he did not know the way of victory. Only by realizing that in his flesh dwelleth no good thing, did he gain the victory he so dearly needed.
A church elder confessed his sin to Jonathan Goforth. That started a series of confessions and repentance that engulfed the entire church, bringing about forgiveness and restoration in their lives.
As Jonathan Goforth spoke God's word at a believers meeting, the convicting power of God came down heavy upon the people as they prayed and cried out to God; confessing their sins, seeking His forgiveness and receiving it by His mercy.
After 10 years of torment from envy at David Wilkerson, a minister finally confesses to David and asked for forgiveness. David readily forgave him.
Several young people openly confess their sins at the close of a great city crusade.
By confessing his lies and opening up about his past life, Uong Nguyen had the heavy burden that had weighed him down and affected his relationship with God and the Christian community he was a part of; replaced with freedom and an uplifted spirit.
In 2001, Brother Yun disobeyed the clear instructions of the Holy Spirit while leaving Myanmar and received a seven-year prison sentence as a result. But he found forgiveness and redemption when he cried to God for forgiveness.
Jerry was evangelized to by Ed at a bar before he was led to a chapel to pray and there a broken Jerry wept to God for mercy and asked for forgiveness. Upon the conclusion of his prayer, a new man emerged, with an absolute assurance that he had been forgiven by his Father.
A thief who had mugged sister Abigail twice in four years suddenly appeared at her door one morning desperate to see her. During their meeting, this convicted thief experienced the greatest miracle of his life - he found the Savior; Jesus Christ.
A soldier strayed into a believers meeting where he heard the word of God for the very first time and was convicted of his sins. Even when he knew the penalty would be death, he left off to confess to his commander; a crime he previously committed. Amazingly for him, confessing his sins did not only earn him God's forgiveness but his commander's also for his life was spared.