Why are you confessing your sins to me if this verse is meant to confess only to God?who=" Anthony MN"
Thank you for clarifying that you do still sin, and I do too. And I also love
Jesus and believe in Him.
BTW, St. John says "confess our sins", not "confess our sins to HIM".
Read it again. If we confess our sins, HE forgives... To read it otherwise, one would have to add some words between 'sins', and 'He forgives'.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, HE is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
You see, ONLY the wounded party can forgive anything. Suppose someone stole a huge sum of money from you, or killed a loved one; it would be damaging to you if someone else said:'you are forgiven'. Jesus said to "forgive those who trespass against US".
At 79 years of age, my worst 'sins' are impatience, or doubt, etc.
I've struggled through 'loving my enemies', and forgiving others, etc. I recognize vengeance and hatred are ENEMIES, and I stay far away from them. No boasting, it wasn't my nature or strength, but HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR US if we will seek His help, rather than yield to our 'feelings'.
No Kay, we are to confess our sins to one another and to God. He does forgive us, but as St. James says it's not strictly a private confession to God alone.
And you obviously don't know anything about the Sacrament of Confession. If I were to steal from someone, part of my absolution and penance would involve returning the money and asking forgiveness of the offended person. A person who confesses with no sincerity and intention of reparation is not going to have their sin forgiven.