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A couple of weeks ago,  my post was from a talk I did about the ABC’s of Connecting With God. I referenced the “C” as Confess Your Sins to the Lord Regularly. Here is more from that talk~

God is not against us for our sin; He is for us against our sin.

We tend to have a false view of God seeing Him as Dirty Harry in the sky with His hand hovering above the smite button on His cosmic computer saying, “Go ahead, Punk. Make my eternity!” Isn’t one day like and eternity to God?

That is not who God is. If we want to know His nature, we can see His character presented in His Word:

Psalm 103: 10-12 tells us, “He does not treat us as our sins deserve 
or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 for as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Hebrews 8:12 states,  “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

God forgives us, and we need to do the same! But often when we are dissatisfied with our behavior, we tend to feel unworthy of God’s love. Then we unconsciously punish ourselves by withdrawing from God, all the while attributing the distance to God not being happy with our performance. Then either we attempt to be good enough for God by trying harder on our own or giving up all together. The real solution is to come to Him, accept His love and forgiveness. Confess and let Him do the rest!

In the words of Max Lucado, “Our Savior kneels down and gazes upon the darkest deeds of our lives and with compassion says, ‘I can clean that if you want me to.’ And from His basin of grace, He scoops up a palm full of mercy and washes our sins away!”

(Don’t you love that!)

 

 

 

 

 

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