Confession, Forgiveness, Repentance
Posted: Feb 15 2013
"The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, You will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin." -Psalm 51:17 (NCV)
When we wrong others and sin against God there are three on-ramps He provides us to get back on His kingdom roads: Confession, Forgiveness and Repentance.
The road of confession. Confession means "to say the same as." When we confess our un-Christlike attitudes and actions, we're saying the same thing God says about them. And it's not confession until we do. In 1 John 1:9, God invites us to confess our sins. To turn down that invitation is to live life off God's roads to home.
The road of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the flip side of the confession coin; it's what follows when we agree with God about our actions and attitudes. David, the king of Israel, lived almost a year with the double sins of adultery and accomplice to murder on his conscience. And he was miserable. When God called him to account (2 Samuel 11-12) David got right with God (Psalm 32:5). There are no one-sided coins in God's kingdom. You don't get the forgiveness side without the confession side. But you do get forgiveness when you confess.
The road of repentance. We will never realize God's purpose for our life by living according to our own actions and attitudes. When we repent of our sins we are saying to God, "I got off Your road, Lord, trying to accomplish my own purposes in life. I repent. I choose Your purpose for my life instead of mine. I am getting back on Your roads of faith, grace, and love and off the roads of selfish ambition, fear, and pride."
Have you gotten off-road? Take the on-ramps of confession, forgiveness and repentance and you'll be back on your way home!
Heavenly Father, tune my hearing to Your voice. May I hear what I need to hear to make changes in my life. Forgive my sin and make me right with You again. Thank you for your faithful love. Amen.