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Today’s Truth

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9, ESV

Friend to Friend
When he got in the car, he kept his head down, looked away, and muttered some words. Not hearing him outright, I said, “Son, what is it?”

He muttered, “I made a mistake. I looked at someone’s paperwork at school and copied their answer. I didn’t tell my teacher, but I told God ‘I’m sorry’. I will never do it again.”

I conveyed to him that he did right thing by confessing to God and deciding to change. God forgives. God keeps no records of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5). Our sins are cast into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19).“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, ESV)Jesus takes away the burden of sin, when – through confession – we allow him to do so.But, later that night (and I mean way-late), I felt a finger-poke in my side.

There he was, standing there, fretting, and worried. He cried, “Mommy, I have to text my teacher now. I feel so guilty. I want this off of my back.”

And, he did. The next morning, he wrote her a text essentially saying he was sorry. That he didn’t want to carry this anymore. That he needs to feel better.And, after he pressed send, I was amazed. The transformation was huge. He went from being down and dejected to dancing and jubilant. He jumped around the house rejoicing and full of new life.This is a picture of repentance. When we let go of the guilt, we carry to receive the blessing of the cross that Jesus carried – we always find new life.

Part of the process is forgiving our self. Have you forgiven yourself for the wrongs, the guilt, or the burdens that weigh you down? If Jesus forgave you, can’t you forgive yourself too? If Jesus paid the ultimate price, hasn’t he fully purchased all your mistakes?

If you’ve confessed your sins to God, but still don’t feel life, you might consider doing these three things:

  1. Confessing to any other people involved, as God leads you.
  2. Letting go internally. This means you release the guilt, shame and burdens to Jesus from within you and receive his gift of forgiveness, once and for all.
  3. Choosing not to dwell any more on what issue God has already set you free from.

I’ll never forget the look on my son’s face after he got that burden “off his back.” We can do the same today. Freedom is right on the other side of asking for and receiving forgiveness.

Lets Pray

Father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for the precious lamb that was slain. Thank you that through him I am set free from guilt, shame, fear and remorse.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now Its Your Turn

Who might you need to forgive today? What regret, remorse or guilt might you need release to God?

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4 Responses to “The Power of Confession”

  1. Alexandria says:

    One of the greatest joys in my life has been when a person comes to me with an apology, seeking forgiveness-not because I am thinking how happy I am to see them realize their mistake-no! But there is a real joy when I can turn to that person on the heals of their confession and release them from any condemnation with full acceptance adding my own words that speak of their worth and Gods unconditional love. It is a blessing to validate the confessions of others with real love that understands that we all need forgiveness and release from our mistakes! Jesus is so faithful to give us new mercies each day-those mercies are a time of remembrance. Remembering the cross, and who we are because Jesus resides in us! Great post!!

  2. Teresa says:

    I just had to write. I never realized how special children can be. I was touched so deeply in my heart and soul by this story. I knew that child would face forgiveness. What i didn’t know was how gentle God would correct his sin. I wish more adults would take a note from the page of a child. (Your child). It would change our prison system. I think the act of love can also be an act of forgiveness. Temptations abound. But it takes a moral compass to point us in the right direction. To guide us to a “safe” place. A place where honor and honesty are the places we need to be.

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I am blessed by you and your amazing little boy.

    May god bless you!!!!

    Teresa

  3. Bobbie says:

    Amen! I love this reply! There is healing power in both confession and forgiveness! All glory and praise be to God!

  4. There is almost nothing more spiritually freeing than repentance and forgiveness! Amen. It takes the noose off us and sets us free.❤️❤️❤️

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