1 John 1:8-10
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9.
Denial of sin poses a great hindrance to a close walk with the Lord, and it does not change the truth that we do, indeed, sin.
To God, sin looks much like the little boy who was covered in mud after he played in the mud puddle. Later, when his mother asked him had he played in the mud, he said he had not even gone near the puddle. His mother could clearly see the truth. Even though we may appear to others like a godly person, God sees our hearts. He sees the blackness of sin and its interference with the fellowship He wants with every believer.
Some of the Holy Spirit’s jobs are to make us uncomfortable with sin, to point them out if we are unaware of the sin(s) and help us turn from sin(s). However, before one’s fellowship can be fully restored, we must humbly confess our sin(s) to God. Then, He is faithful and willing to forgive us.
At last, the muddy little lad confessed to his mom that he, indeed, had played in the puddle. She forgave him, but because he lied, he could not enjoy the fresh warm cookies his mother had baked. Oh, the consequences of sin but that is another lesson.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us (1 John 1:10).