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I Confess…

by on Oct.31, 2009, under Spiritual

Beautiful Fall Day, I must Confess

Beautiful Fall Day, I must Confess

Recently someone I know pretty well came to me with a confession. They had lied to me. The lie had taken place about seven years earlier.  They were nervous as they explained the circumstances and confessed their lie and how it made them feel terrible. They had been holding on to this for years, unable to forget it. It was a weight.  Once they “got it off their chest”, I told them that it did indeed hurt my feelings but I forgave them completely. We spent several minutes sharing other stories of past sins confessed and how God had used those confessions for personal growth. It was a meaningful time.

In a book I am studying through, Richard Foster’s, Celebration of Discipline, he addresses a connection between what Christ did on the cross, redeeming mankind through His sacrifice followed by confession and forgiveness.  Confession and forgiveness are realities that lead to true inner transformation. Without confession, there is no forgiveness. Without forgiveness, there is no transformation. Confession sounds pretty crucial. We don’t run after confession like it’s ice cream or chocolate. How do we get to confession? There are more than a few obstacles.

Relationship…

Confession without relationship is nearly impossible. If you are unsure of the outcome of your truthfulness, you’re not sure your safe.

I once confronted someone who had stolen something significant from me with a witness at my side. No matter how much proof I had presented, the person would not confess. After several minutes I excused the witness and moments later and confession followed. The relationship was with me, not the witness. The witness posed a unknown threat. What followed was a wonderful time of confession, forgiveness and restoration. It remains in my mind one of the most graphic examples of the restorative power of God’s love and forgiveness.

Perspective..

How do we view our traveling companions in life?  Are they fellow saints or fellow sinners ? If you view them as saints, you are much less likely to share your heart for fear you will be standing alone and exposed. If you view them as sinners, you may feel more free to share your story and seek true community. If we view each other as saints, we will tend to hide ourselves from each other.

I have lead a few bible studies and small groups and noticed a predicable trend. If you ask a question, you had better be prepared to be the first one to answer it and break the ice or your will hear a chorus of crickets. That initial risk can be terrifying if you are unsure of the relationships. Are they saints or sinners. This is true in a room full of mature adults.

The Grace of God….

Romans 2:4  Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?

It is God’s heart’s desire that we confess our sins and turn toward Him in repentance. It is a kindness of God to us to grant us confession and repentance. The more you seek to know Him, you discover that He is truly loving, kind, good, true, safe and Holy. He cares more for us than we care for ourselves. Jesus is the face of God to us. He showed Himself to be God in the flesh so that we could see who God is. He is safe to hear our confession and promises to forgive us and help us to be transformed into the image of Christ. Pure and Holy in Him.

The Heart of Man…

I am aware of times in my life when I have resisted God’s call of confession. I view those times with heart break and distain. I do believe if we continually resist the opportunities that God gives us to confess and repent we in essence harden our own heart’s to hear God. That to me is a truly terrifying proposal.

Now, my prayer is different.. Father, soften my heart to hear Your voice, calling me to confess and repent. Let me see my sin that I can confess it and be free from it’s deadly effects. It is your mercy that lets me discover it and bring it to You for forgiveness. Let my heart be transformed into exactly what you intended for me.

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