1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Why do we need to confess our sins if they have already been forgiven (1 John 1:9)?
Why do we need to confess our sins if they have already been forgiven (1 John 1:9)? What is the difference between positional and relational forgiveness?
What If I Don't Feel Forgiven? - Ligonier Ministries
There is an important difference between guilt and guilt feelings. The distinction is between that which is objective and that which is subjective. Guilt is objective; it is determined by a real analysis of what a person has done with respect to law. When a person transgresses a law, that person incurs guilt. This is true in the ultimate sense with regard to the law of God. Whenever we break the law of God, we incur objective guilt. We may deny that the guilt is there. We may seek to excuse it or deal with it in other ways. Still, the reality is that we have the guilt.  
Confession, Forgiveness and Cleansing (1 John 1:9-10)
By Bob DeWaay God has provided His Son Jesus Christ as our great High Priest. We have access to Him and can confess our sins to Him directly. The Bible tells...
1 John 1:9 (Part 2) Contrasting Chap 1 (Unbelievers) with Chap 2 (Believers) (Growing in Grace #678)
http://growingingrace.org Understanding the context leading up to 1 John 1:9 will help us from falling into doctrinal traps which contradict other Scriptures...

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