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Why do we always confess our sins?
Pastor Dave Scharf
by Pastor Dave Scharf
February 24, 2024

Most people like to think positive thoughts and be surrounded by positive people. If you’ve been to a church recently, perhaps you’ve wondered why we often confess our sins in worship. Doesn’t it seem too negative to start a service off on a downer? 

Luke 7:37,38 speaks of a worship service that began this way: “A woman … who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house. … She began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.” 

This was not a downer! These were good tears. These were cleansing tears. The woman realized deeper than most just how awful her life had been when lined up with what God requires. She also realized the only One who could wash away her sin and dry her tears was Jesus. Jesus said in response, “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little” (Luke 7:47).

Why confess your sins? Because these are good tears that help you understand the depth of the forgiveness Jesus won for you on the cross. When you understand the depth of where you were, you can truly appreciate the height to which Jesus’ forgiveness has taken you. You and I are his children, citizens of heaven, priceless in his eyes. We can love much now because we understand how much we have been loved!

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