Confessing sin leads to forgiveness

Scripture reference

1 John 1:9 (ASV)

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


At a meeting in Sienyu, Bishop Bashford preached on obtaining forgiveness from God through confession of sins. Immediately after his sermon, many (including renowned believers) began to publicly confess their sins so as to obtain forgiveness from the Lord.
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.
Jonathan Goforth followed God's leading, allowing the Holy Spirit to be the "detective" in a gathering, the congregation broke down in tears crying and confessing their sins.
When C.T Studd led a an Episcopalian believer to confess his sins to the Lord so as to find forgiveness, the poor man obeyed and having obtained the promised forgiveness; with tearful eyes, he said to Mr. Studd, "I never had such an experience as this before."
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.
After he failed to seize an opportunity to teach his assistant to depend on God, a penitent Clay Trumbull confessed his omission to the Lord, asked for mercy, and later confessed to his assistant also.
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 Gospel 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 went to his commander to confess a crime he had previously committed. But confessing his sins not only earned him God's forgiveness, but his commander's also.
With an obviously heavy heart, a Chinese woman under conviction by the Holy Spirit, ran to Marie Monsen in tears to confess her sins. And getting on her knees, she confessed to the Lord. And when she was done, she arose with a joy that was infectious; for she had obtained forgiveness from the Lord.
In a fit of rage, a young, new Christian murdered another man and escaped without being caught. But years later, even after asking for God's forgiveness, he was still restless. When he finally confided in Marie Monsen, she gave him godly counsel that brought peace to his troubled heart.
Many people had prayed for Mary, yet she was still experiencing horrible dreams at night. But as Corrie spoke with her, she found that Mary had been harbouring hatred towards her own mother. Mary's freedom and liberation came only when she confessed this sin, asked God's forgiveness and received same from Him.