• Beth Hildebrand

Confession From A Believer



“Whoever tries to hide his sins will not succeed, but the one who confesses his sins and leaves them behind will find mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13 Voice)

I don’t think confessing sin is fun.  I think most of us at one point or another have a hard time admitting to being wrong.  Trying to hide our sins is like second nature.  Difficulty confessing sin is a pride issue.

We make mistakes and when we’re willing to admit them to God, correct them, and change our plans, actions, or thoughts, those mistakes can melt away.   It’s the first stop to forgiveness.  In the process of it though, we may feel broken – which is how God moves us closer to him.  So we’ll depend on Him for redemption.

Personally, with me, when I experience that brokenness, shame shows up which isn’t necessarily bad because I need to feel that to confess. But it’s when guilt tries to sneak its way in with shame is when I begin to hear these words:

“You know you should stop that sin but you really can’t.  You’re a failure anyway and should just give up trying.  You’ll never get it right.  God won’t love you as you are because you make too many mistakes.  He expects perfection because you’re to be like Him and He’s perfect.  Just hold tight to that sin.  Hide it and don’t let it be exposed and no one, even God, will find out about it.”

BUT. THOSE. ARE. LIES.  BIG, FAT LIES!  Jesus would never say those things because He still loves me and died for me – and you.  He knows we make mistakes because no one is perfect except for Him.  But He desires us to realize our sin, have a conversation with Him about it, confess it to Him, and then earnestly try to correct it, turning the other way. He knows our hearts.  Remember today’s verse? “Whoever tries to hide his sins will not succeed, but the one who confesses his sins and leaves them behind will find mercy.”   God’s HUGE MERCY.  He’ll NEVER give up on us. We are given the gift of mercy when we surrender and confess.

Today, we’re asked “will you let Him come to you on His terms?  Will you let Him love you as you are, and not as you should be?  ‘Cause nobody is as they should be.”   (Brennan Manning “All Is Grace”)

Just let Him CONTINUE to love you.

Today, “will you let Him come to you on His terms?  Will you let Him love you as you are, and not as you should be?  ‘Cause nobody is as they should be.”   (Brennan Manning “All Is Grace”)

Just let Him CONTINUE to love you.

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