My Musings – No fine print here. It is a small word, but it begins the sentence – “if.” It is not a trap for the unwary, it merely establishes the sentence as a conditional clause. When the conditions are met, the promise that follows is assured (God cannot lie, He is “faithful and just“). He not only forgives us, but He purifies us, removing the stain of sin altogether.
Until the conditions are met, however, there is no obligation to fulfill the promise. Confession must precede forgiveness. Why would be expect our sins to be forgiven if we do not even admit that we have any?
My Advice – Do not let pride get in the way of forgiveness.