For I acknowledge my transgression, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight. That You may be found just when you speak, and blameless when You judge. Psalm 51:3,4
God promises that if we confess our sins, transgressions and iniquities to Him that He will forgive us and cleanse us with the blood of His Son Jesus. In order to receive God's mercy we have to make confession, not just a general statement but confessing each sin that we have committed before Him. We sinned one sin at a time and we need to confess each one as the Holy Spirit leads.
Confession leads to repentance and in some cases restitution, paying someone back for stealing or defrauding them. Under the law of Moses when one was caught stealing someone's property or livestock they would have to repay what was stolen and in some cases many times more than what they originally stole. Once the sinner confesses his sins, the process of forgiveness begins and repentance can start in the believer's life.
Without confession that leads to repentance one cannot be right with God and without restitution, one cannot be right with man. Unless we confess our sins before a holy God who loves us more than we will ever know, we will further alienate ourselves from the only Source that can ultimately set us free.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. I John 1:9,10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin