But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9
We have a problem: God is righteous, and we are unrighteous. Not only do we act in ways opposite to what God’s wants, our nature is opposite to His. We need forgiveness for our wrongs, but more than that we need who we are to be changed.
God is looking for us to be honest with Him. Honest about our actions and honest about ourselves. It is often harder to admit who we are than to confess our deeds. But to God, this is the very point of his faithfulness. He forgives us. All of the wrong things we have done He has forgiven because of the death and resurrection of Jesus. But more than that He changes who we are and he takes away our unrighteousness, the ways that we are opposite to Him. God deals with our sin, and He deals with us as sinners. And he does so in a remarkable, loving way — by forgiving us and by cleansing us. It is remarkable because God does this through His love for us. He wants to be with us, and wants us to be all the things He created us to be.
When we have done wrong, made mistakes, or intentionally sinned, we have an immediate way back to our Father, back to His love and forgiveness, and back to being freed from feeling guilty. Confession. We admit to God what we have done, and we admit who we are. All those things have already been taken care of by Jesus. Although we struggle and fail, we need only come back to our Father each time. He is faithful.