We’ve all been there, listening to the puffed up person across the table who is always right.
They are always better, faster, stronger and in case they are not, there is a really good excuse for the situation and it has absolutely nothing to do with them--because, you know,
THEY ARE ALWAYS RIGHT.
It drives me crazy.
Imagine what it does to God?
Which brings me to the scripture:
No one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
I am guilty of behaving like I am infallible. I am often insufferable. I am frequently impatient, dishonest, greedy, lazy, rude, self-righteous and quite full of sin.
You are too.
(Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.)
I am slow to fully admit all the places I’ve fallen short with God. I am not the first one to jump up and shout: “Hey God, here are the 553 sins I committed in the past five minutes.”
Nah, I keep my sin to myself. No sense in harping on all my transgressions. Right?
Right. Because it is awesome to walk around holding onto our sin like a security blanket. We own our sin, because it is ours, right?
That is the lie we tell ourselves. God wants us to forsake it--he wants us to disown it. And the only way to do it is to confess.
We should not confess out of guilt; but instead because we are guilty. We should not confess out of obligation, but because we feel obliged to apologize to the one we love. We know God loves us; but when we confess, for real, in a prayerful, dedicated fashion, we feel God loves surrounding us.
And we feel forgiven.
This week, I will: Confess, confess, confess--out of love for God and because I want to feel His forgiveness, not just know it.
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