Which comes first, confession or forgiveness? This might surprise you, but I believe we are forgiven long before we confess. Listen to this blog. Listen to the proofs presented, and see if you too come to the same conclusion. Recognizing we are already forgiven, we eagerly confess our sin. Then we pass along the same grace to our brothers and sisters. We forgive them, whether or not they come and request pardon, then we look forward to the day of reconciliation when they do confess their sins and we express aloud the forgiveness we have already granted them.