We’re all familiar with the Bible verse in 1 John 1:19 NIV that states ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
And most of us are also aware of the scripture verse that admonishes husbands to be mindful of how we treat our wives as 1 Peter 3:7 ESV states “Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”
Both of these above verses indicate that sin that is not confessed and repented of can have a negative effect on the purification or sanctification process taking place within us and that the prayers of a husband can be hindered by how we treat or sin against God and our wives.
Now I’m NOT inferring that as true believers we are in a state of unrighteousness because as Hebrews 10:14 ESV states, “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” or as the NIV translates this “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
This is the sanctification process within every Christian that takes place when we continue on with our walk with God and whereby we progressively become transformed into the image of Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote that being transformed into the image of the Son of God is a process, and it takes time and is a constant struggle over resisting sin. He wrote in 2nd Corinthians 3:18 NIV , “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
So we see that this is an ongoing process throughout our lives. We shouldn’t grow discouraged because it takes time – a lifetime, in fact – and we will never achieve a total transformation into holiness until He appears. Then we shall finally be like Him, or as the Apostle John wrote in 1 John 3:2 NIV , “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.“
SlimJim over at The Domain For Truth wrote an enlightening article today on this very subject and I encourage you to read it. Here is the link: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/secret-to-change-confession-to-god/
It’s interesting to note that the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament required different sin offerings based on whether a sin was intentional or unintentional. I have an excellent article on this subject and if you’re interested you can dig a little deeper into it by clicking on the following link: https://bible.org/seriespage/5-sin-offering-leviticus-41-513-624-30
And while there may have been a distinction in terms of the consequences of unintentional and intentional sins in the Old Testament, the Bible is clear that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23 NIV). The offerings of the Old Testament foreshadowed the offering of Jesus Christ Himself as a perfect sacrifice on the cross for all of our sins (the one exception being the unforgivable sin). In our heavenly Father’s eyes, Jesus is His sufficient substitute for forgiveness and eternal life.
When I say my prayers and I confess my sins that I are aware of, I also ask God to forgive me for the sins that I have committed that I am not aware of. And I find that frequently, God then shows me things that I have said and things that I have done that I never considered before. It’s a humbling experience. My mentor of old, who is now with the Lord, used to tell me that the closer we get to God, the more we realize how different we are from Him. Holy is not a word or an attribute of God, it is who He is.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!