And also help Him to relate back to you better!!
The serious Christian will:
1) Continually be watching out for sin he commits, to try and be aware of it.
2) Confess it as soon as he DOES become aware! If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 JOHN 1:9 It is VERY important to note here that forgiveness is NOT dependent on us confessing a sin - but the serious Christian is the one who DOES confess anyway!!
Rather, this verse is about relationship. Because he WANTS TO, the serious Christian will be confessing sin which God has long since all forgiven back when Jesus died on Calvary - so that He COULD justly DO exactly this!! CONSIDER: if forgiveness depended on confession, then we'd have to be confessing right up to the moment of our death, and making quite CERTAIN we didn't miss any!!! - obviously such a thought is pure foolishness.
3) Saying SORRY for sin and earnestly repenting of it. The serious Christian wants nothing less than ALL of his sin that he's EVER committed fully REPENTED of! He makes request to God for the Spirit to keep telling him of past sin that he's not even realised that he's not ever repented of!!
4) He will become more and more honest with himself about sin that he's previously justified as okay. Thus he'll actually be lying less to himself and less to God! And he will also confess and repent of this previously justified lying! (Just a couple of days ago the Lord brought to me the remembrance of a business situation about 25 yrs ago where I justified what I was doing and saying, not meaning to yet effectively misleading others for my own ends - sad but true!! NOW fully repented of - but I cannot undo the situation...)
God bless you greatly as you get into more and more REPENTANCE!! Love from,
- BM, with his Lady