I am pretty sure we get our word “sin” from the Greek word “cin-na-bon.”
Honestly, Cinnabon like sin is so tempting. That puppy calls you by name no matter what part of the mall you’re in. Choosing to eat one makes so much sense at the moment. Yet, moments after eating that 1500-caloric sugar bomb, you say to yourself, “why did I eat that?” Moment on the lips, a life time on the hips, just saying.
Just like the moment after choosing to sin, we say “why did I do that?”
Grandpa John, the last living apostle shoots straight with us. He declares that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. Yes we saved by Christ yet we still sin. Sin is that darkness, that God, who is all light, can not tolerate.
The apostle John explains that you and I have a free-will choice regarding our personal sin, either cover or confess? The latter is the right choice because our all light, no darkness God is willing to forgive our sin. I John 1:9 states,
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
In case you missed it let me tell you, this is a fantastic offer. Confess and be cleansed from the inside out. Confession is so freeing, so refreshing, so releasing, that you would be nuts to keep hiding your sin.
Here is how confession really works. The word “confess” comes from the Greek word “homologeo.” The word means “to say the same thing.” In other words, confession is the act of saying the same thing that God has said about your sin. To confess is to come to agreement with God. Call sin, sin. Yet with the great offer of forgiveness through Christ, we still hemorrhage excuses. Excuses like, it’s no big deal, it is a midlife crisis, it is a choice, it is a lifestyle, a disease, a disorder, or best yet, everyone is doing it.
Friend, stop the endless excuses. Sin is darkness.
Start the confession. Confess to God. Confess it to a friend. Snap the neck of that sin. Humble yourself and come to agreement with the all light God. Let him forgive, bury and wash you anew. Walk in fresh freedom.
And remember, next time you are free to say no to that “sin-na-bon.”