1 John 1:9 ESV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
For those of us who are parents, I think most would agree that there are very few things more frustrating than when our children do something wrong and try to hide it. If I’m completely honest, it’s hard not to take it a bit personally when my son’s guilt prevents him from coming to me. I want him to know that my end goal will always be to do everything I can to help him through whatever he might be dealing with.
When we look at it in this context, it’s clear how sincere repentance is connected with worship. It displays our trust in God to not only forgive us, but to restore us as well. While the process of repentance may be initiated by a personal decision, it’s only fully accomplished by relying on His strength in areas where we are at our weakest.
No matter how long you’ve been struggling or how serious your problems might seem, they will never outweigh God’s goodness and mercy!