“I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.” (Psalm 38:18)
It is one thing to say the words, that you have sinned, but in reality, your confession comes from a penitent heart. It is the first step back to God for the sinful sufferer. It is sin that separates us from God, for He will never forsake us and is always waiting upon us to return to Him, not Him to us.
Confession is admitting our sins to God because we are troubled by them. God already knows our sins, but it is through our confession that we agree with God that we are sinful and therefore need forgiveness. This is the first step towards repentance.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we thank You, that when we sin, we can come before You to confess our sins and find through Your grace and mercy, the forgiveness that restores our relationship with You. In Your Son’s name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“They who are good at only making excuses is seldom good for anything else!”
“Therefore the showers have been withheld, and no spring rains have fallen. Yet you have the brazen look of a prostitute; you refuse to blush with shame.’ Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding.’ ‘Yes, we will come to you, for your are the Lord our God. Surely the idolatrous, commotion on the hills and mountains is a deception; surely in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel. From our youth shameful gods have consumed the fruits of our father’s labor—-their flocks and herds, their sons and daughters. Let us lie down in our shame, and let our disgrace covers us. We have sinned against the Lord our God, both we and our fathers; from our youth till this day we have not obeyed the Lord our God.’” (Jeremiah 3:13, 22-25)
Confession is the acknowledgment of our guild. It is returning from our backsliding. It is important to note that Faithless is sometimes translated as backsliding, which contains a play on the two senses of the Hebrew root – implying both to turn the back on God and to turn back to Him. Repentance is turning back to God and turning away from idolatry and God promised mercy to those who repent. In this sense, confession is our re-commitment to God of our obedience to Him and Him alone.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” (1st John 1:8-10).
Every person without exception sins. Without this warning, believers may be tempted to embrace a perfectionism that takes the power of sin too lightly and leads to stubborn, spiritual pride. The biblical call is to confess and repent of sin, not to deny sin. God promises forgiveness of sins and purification from all unrighteousness to those who confess their sins. To hide, ignore, or claim we do not have sin is to deceive ourselves and lie to God. Such deception denies the truth of God’s Word and thus calls God a liar!
Second Thought of the Day:
“The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like the other men—-robbers, evildoers, adulterers—-or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:11-14)
Jesus warned about hypocrisy in praying (Matthew 6:5-8). He specified that praying for the ears of men gets “the reward of men.” Pride prevents prayer from achieving its purpose. Humility is the way to open communication with the merciful God.
Tithing and giving more than the legal requirements can be done for the wrong reasons. A Christ-like spirit of humility and love should accompany giving and, indeed, all aspects of life. Our confession beloved is asking for God’s mercy. Both the actions and words tax collector demonstrated his sense of unworthiness and his total dependence on God, while the Pharisee confesses for people to hear his, rather than his actions. Salvation comes to such humble confessors no matter how sinful their past lives. I pray this is clear and understandable.