by Anita Mondragon
If is a small word…only two letters, but in regards to Scripture, it is the biggest word in the Bible.  1 John 1:9-10 says this:  ” If we confess our sinshe is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Most of us don’t consider ourselves to be ‘sinners’.  We admit that we aren’t perfect, we know we do things that are displeasing to the Lord, but we end up by saying, “I’m pretty good…I’m not all that bad.  I’m just as good as everyone else.  I try to be kind…I obey the law, pay my taxes, etc.”
But the word ‘if’ seems to imply that there is a choice involved.
In order to be forgiven…we must confess, admit our sin to God to be forgiven.  We cannot justify ourselves, or compare ourselves to someone we believe is ‘worse’ than us.  That might work here on earth…but in Heaven, it won’t fly.
When you finally see yourself the way God sees you and have real sorrow for your sins, then and only then can Jesus help you!  
He said in John 14:6,  “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  There are no other roads to Heaven.  There’s only ONE way, and that is through Jesus Christ.
If you don’t know Him, call on Him and confess your sins.  Ask for forgiveness and you will have a home in Heaven.  
If you profess to be a believer…then start acting like one!  Confess your sins to your Father and ask for forgiveness.  SHINE…and bring others to Jesus!