If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9.
Isn’t it awesome that when we sin all we have to do to get clean again, is ask God to be forgiven? To truly repent–asking forgiveness with the desire never to do this sin again. However, sometimes we know there’s something just not right with our relationship with God. It’s like when a pebble or small object gets in our shoe and becomes an irritant, an annoyance. It’s painful but not necessarily so painful that it makes us stop to see what’s wrong. Eventually, though, we tire of the persistent annoyance and we stop to see what’s causing it. Sometimes, when we’re feeling out of sorts with our relationship with, we need to stop long enough for Him to show us the irritant, the pebble in our life causing that out of sorts feeling.
Just as we have to stop and shake the irritant out of our shoe, we have to stop and shake out the sin from our soul and give it to God. We need to ask Him to show us what’s causing the annoyance between us so we can dispose of it and clean our soul.