If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. —1 JOHN 1:9
While playing in the NFL, Chad Pennington suffered multiple career-threatening type of injuries. Twice his injuries forced him to endure surgery, therapy, and extensive training to get back onto the field. He not only returned to playing but he also excelled so much he was twice named Comeback Player of the Year. Pennington’s efforts were an expression of his determined spirit.
Spiritually, when sin and failure break our relationship with God and sideline our service, determination alone cannot restore us to rightness and usefulness. When we are sidelined by sin, the path to a comeback is confession. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
For us to be able to recover from our spiritual failings, we depend on the One who gave himself for us. He gives us hope. Christ, who died for us, loves us and will respond with grace as we confess our faults to Him. Through confession, we can find His gracious restoration—the greatest of all comebacks.