9/27/09. (Video version is edited for Words of Life broadcast) But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done. I John 1:9 What does it mean to say, “I forgive you?” Fact is it can mean a lot of different things to different people so maybe the better question to ask is, “What should it mean when we say I forgive you?” God is a forgiving God and God’s forgiving is a model for our forgiving so that what happens between God and a sinner can also happen between two human beings who are alienated or estranged from each other. God shows us the way. The key to understanding this is to understand the close connection between confession and forgiveness.