Confession is the New Coffee: Awakening Salvation’s Joy!
“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”
Confession leads to rejoicing in God’s mercy.
“I just love repentance, don’t you?” Colleen breezed into the room with this unusual query. She looked as if she had recently had a good cry, yet her eyes shone with excitement. Beaming, she declared, “I had the best time with the Lord this morning over a cup of coffee, confessing my sins, and I’m just so thankful that he has thrown them into the deepest sea and my slate is wiped clean!”
Up to this point I had dreaded and even avoided confessing too many specific sins to the Lord. I preferred the “blanket” approach. It made me feel bad to admit my sins in all their ugliness after everything Christ had done for me. But Colleen’s simple pronouncement, and the joy I saw radiating from her face, forced me to think differently. Confession had reminded her of God’s mercy.
True confession is not something that comes naturally. Both Adam and Eve, upon realizing their sin, embarked on a grand cover-up. They hid in the bushes. They sewed fig leaves. They shifted blame. And we’ve been doing the same ever since. But not for a moment do we ever fool God. We hide and rationalize sin instead of admitting it to ourselves and to God. We not only forget what God sees, we also underestimate who God is. From the beginning he has proven to be a God who seeks sinners and extends mercy. Confession is a way to experience more than the relief of mere disclosure; it rewards us with a restored joy of fellowship with God. By confessing her sin to God, Colleen expressed faith in this profound truth: through the mercy of Christ we can stand faultless before God’s presence with exceeding joy.
- Confession doesn’t always come easily. Adam and Eve tried to both hide their sin and cast blame on someone else. What makes confession and turning from sin hard for you to do?
- Does knowing we are already justified by Christ make it easier or harder to confess our sins? Why?
- In what ways does confession benefit us as believers?
“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1