Confession and Forgiveness


“For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest,” Psalm 51: 3, 4.

Nathan confronted David using the analogy of the poor man’s single little lamb and the insensitive rich man (2 Sam. 12:1-24). David was ready to pass judgment upon the rich man until Nathan pointed out to David—you are the man. In a moment, David went from anger to humility, the moment when the truth pierced his heart.
As long as no one confronts our sins, we are content to let them remain hidden, but they are never hidden from God. Because God loves us so much and wants to bless us, He does not want our sins to be unconfessed and forsaken. The best we can do is to confess our faults, failures and sins to God and ask for His forgiveness.
Every day the Holy Spirit performs a confrontational intervention on all believers. He confronts our sins, bringing them to the forefront of our minds so that we might confess them before God and ask for His forgiveness. In accepting this intervention, we prevent much heartache and trouble that results from the consequences of unacknowledged and unforsaken sin. Will you accept this intervention?

Reflection
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Beverly Barnett

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