“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9–read all 10 verses).
What an awesome God! When we were in sin (deliberately doing all the wrong things), He loved us enough to die for us in order to bring us back into right relationship with Him.
Even now, when we know to do better, we don’t always make it, but He is faithful and just (not willing to allow us to sink into our own depravations headed for hell) and if we ‘fess up, He will forgive our sins (giving another chance), and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (making it appear as if we have never sinned).
Sin–a deliberate, wilful act in defiance of everything Godly–committed against/with others or self.
There is no little sin, big sin, worse sin–any act of ungodliness is sin–sin is sin. Murder (taking a life not in self-defense), fornication (sexual relationships outside of marriage), adultery (when a person who is married has sexual relationships outside of the marriage), lying (not telling the whole truth), manipulation (promoting/leading others in acts of ungodliness), favoritism (showing respect of persons over others–unjustly), complacency (when we know to do right and don’t), hatred (creating problems for others without cause, with malice), and the list goes on and on.
When He forgives our sin, the consequences for our actions are not negated–we are still subject to the principle of “reaping and sowing”.
Why live under a cloud of uncertainty? Take a good look at all you are doing (hopefully past sins are just that, past) and if there is anything in your life that is not like God, ‘fess up! Confess it while you have a chance and know His goodness and mercy which shall follow you all the days of your life.
If we love God with all our hearts, minds, and souls–we cannot sin against Him. If we love our neighbors as ourselves–we cannot sin against them. The appropriate response to sin–learning to love–works every time. That’s why He does, what He does–Loves!