Wednesday, 1/29/14 Confession
Not all clichés are biblically supported but this one is: “Confession brings healing.” David, speaking on the blessedness of having our sins forgiven in Psalm 32, also added: When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. (Ps. 32:3) Quite obviously, he meant that his soul did not find peace or comfort, nor could he rejoice in God’s forgiveness until he confessed his sins. The truth is that confession’s greatest benefit is the salvation of our souls. That’s where it all begins. In order to be saved and insure our place in eternal glory, we must first believe in Jesus with all our heart and then confess Him with our mouth. (See Romans 10:9)
Some people may say, “That’s just too easy; I can’t believe that.” But why should that be so hard to believe? I’m sure you know folks who will forgive their most bitter enemy just upon hearing a simple “I’m sorry.” Well, God’s forgiveness is greater than that. Besides, it was not I or any other mortal man who made that declaration, it was God. If we can’t believe Romans 10:9 or John 3:16, believing the rest of the Bible will do us no good whatsoever. The bottom line is: we either believe all the Bible or none of it.
Once we have settled the salvation issue and are happily secure in Christ, we have an additional benefit. If, or rather when, we have failed and sinned against Him, we can be forgiven, cleansed, and restored the instant we confess it to Him. In his first letter to the church, the Apostle John wrote: 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) Would not your best friend forgive you in a heartbeat? Well, we have no greater friend than Jesus. In fact, if you belong to Him, there is nothing you can do that will keep Him from loving you. Whatever it is that may be troubling your heart and mind, let it go. Confess it to your best friend, then to your real best Friend. This is true also: confession is good for the soul.
Memory verse for the week: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have : for He hath said , I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.(Hebrews 13:5 KJV)