There is a certain work of easy believism out there, right here in blog land, that abhors the idea of personal sanctification. There seems to be confusion between the idea of justification, which we get at salvation. 100 percent justification in the eyes of God through the completed works of Jesus Christ. No works or effort required on our part; further, if we think our works or effort have contributed to it we are doomed still. Yet, clearly, we progress in holiness and spiritual maturity as we grow in our relationship with God. Just as clearly, that verse teaches that confession is an integral part of that relationship. Of course, no sin will ever separate the redeemed from Christ, but yet the fellowship can be strained and hurt. It’s rather like a father with misbehaving children. That father might not talk to his misbehaving child much, but he is still their Dad and loves them like the day they were born.
From the post:
When I look at my Christian life I think the key to changing is a regular habit of confessing to God. Not that I arrived but I believe this is a means of grace for change that is often neglected.I love \
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
When we uncomfortably notice our sins we are often so quick to deny it or use sheer will power to try to do something different; but we should stop first and begin with confession to God. We need to confess our sins believing in the promise from 1 John 1:9 that He will cleanse us, and cleansing us means He will change us.
Read the rest of the post here: Secret to Change: Confession to God