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Confession is Good For the Soul

God is not against you for you sin: He is for you against you sin. Powerful quote, huh?
We tend to think that when we have made mistakes, God hovers over the smite button on His cosmic computer waiting to press it and blow our sorry selves away! That is not what the Bible says. Psalm 103: 8 and 13, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.  As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”

In our humanness we can have one of two responses when we do stupid, we DENY our sin or we distance from God fearing He can’t use us any more. Let’s check out our denial. 1 John 1:6-10, “ If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives”. We have to own our bad. Call it what it is and surrender it to the Lord. In verse 9 we read, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

That brings us the comfort that God will rid us of our sin. We don’t need to distance from Him in shame. When we fall He is there to pick us up, and He gives us His holy Spirit to help us not continue to do those things we regret like getting angry or drunk, petty, jealous, smug, pious, hateful, cranky or judgmental. In the last section of Scripture we read about the Light.

That light referred to in verses 6 &7 will illuminate our souls. So we can spend quiet time with the Lord. Tell him all about you, honestly. Bask in His transforming light as you recognize His character described again in Psalm 103: 8 and 13, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.  As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” Here is a great short little story that illustrates this perfectly.

Duck and the Devil
There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck.  Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the woodpile, only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.
 
After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes."
But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes.

 Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper."  
     Sally just smiled and said," Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help." She whispered again, "Remember the duck?" So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.
     After several days of Johnny doing both his chores, and Sally's, he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.
     Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see,
I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you."
       Whatever it is that the devil keeps throwing in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.) you need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing.  He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and if you will ask Him, He will forgive you.  He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He chooses to forget. Now it's our turn!

Comments

June 10, 2013 @10:54 am

Very powerful. Thank you!

Doug
June 09, 2013 @10:26 am

Great quote. Got it from you via Twitter. Love it!

Pamela
June 09, 2013 @10:25 am

I agree, Sue. Being aware of the lies, keeps us from falling prey to them. Thanks for posting.

Linda
June 09, 2013 @10:24 am

I think it's Satan's trick to make us think that God doesn't want us when we screw up so we will give up on the faith. Good story.

Sue
June 09, 2013 @10:23 am

I love this story. I remember it from your book. Thanks for sharing it again.

Elaine
 

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