Even though as Christians many of us say that we believe God forgives us when we ask for forgiveness, sadly sometimes we have trouble accepting forgiveness ourselves. Maybe we think our sin is worse than others. Maybe it is because others in our world are not offering us forgiveness. Whatever the case, we find difficulty accepting the gift that Christ offers us and we remain weighted under guilt and shame.
However, the scripture is clear that when we confess our sins we are forgiven.
John writes -
If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9, NRSV)
So let us accept the gift offered in love and be freed from our burdens.