The Discipline of Confession

It’s hard to be honest.  To speak of our own weaknesses  is against human nature.  We always want to protect ourselves and control what others think of us.

Honesty is another one of those character traits that just can’t become rare

Confession is being honest with God and others about our failures, fear, inadequacies, and even sin.

Our culture does not want to appear vulnerable or weak.  We care way too much what people think of us, and we even try and control their thought about us.  We want to impress others, to be loved, and in doing the things that require this to happen to we are not true to ourselves or to them.

We live in a world where secrets and shadows are the norm.  to be totally and honest with someone is a very special relationship.  Priceless I would say.

We have learned to be dishonest, because we are all judgmental, and we expose others weaknesses for our gain.  We are a dark bunch in that way.

Admitting fault is ever so difficult but a strong character link,  — It is tough to say “I did it”  “I was wrong”  “I can’t do that”  “I struggle with….”  This all admits weakness?  Maybe not, maybe this is admitting honesty which is humility, which is a godly attribute, the fruit of the Spirit, and an attribute of Christ.

When we practice confession as a discipline it shapes our heart, molds our spirit, and attracts Jesus.  Confession is coming clean with the truth with God and others.

There is some wisdom here from Solomon

He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.”  Proverbs 28.13

Confession is humility. and humility always attracts the Holy Spirit.

Unconfessed sin will harden our heart to sin, invite more and we may be in danger of straying away from the Lord.  Sin separates, plain and simple.  We have a promise and a wonderful invitation, to total forgiveness,

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9–10, NASB95)

Go be free, confess, and enjoy the mercy and love of Jesus!

The Challenge of Love

“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! ”  John 6.23 New Living Translation

I love being loved!  I feel a pit in my stomach when I know that people are upset with me. I feel defensive when people are unkind.  I fight resentment when people don’t love me at all, and their lack of love is manifested in what they have said to me or slandered me to others.  What do you do when you are confronted with the unhappy fact that someone does not care for you?  Most people return the “favor” and don’t love back.  We withhold love from those who don’t love us, are unkind and uncaring to us and have made it clear we no longer are on their list of favorite people.

When we come to Christ, Jesus makes his home in us by His Spirit.  we know the Bible says God is love. Not the kind of love that exists without God. Loving those who love us. That is conditional love. God’s love is unconditional.  Simply meaning, He loves without certain favorable conditions.  He loves no matter what.

For us to love people like that, we need God. We need Jesus in us and we need to let His love flow through us.  We have to allow the love of Christ to manifest through us. This might mean not giving up on someone. this could be that we need to grant forgiveness.  This would require us to abolish bitterness in our heart toward someone.  I can see that this implies we would have to stop with holding love from someone whom we have determined no longer qualifies for our love.  You see Jesus told us, we need to love those who may not love or even like us.  We can only do that through Christ.  Let’s stop withholding love, no matter what way we are doing that. Life is too short. Relationships are too important and God forgive us for being so stubborn!  May we love like Jesus, unconditionally.

Christmas Series at Compelled Church

Christmas can be a great time. It can also be a tough time. The brokeness of relationships and past hurts rise to the surface with more obviousness at Christmas more than any other time of the year. Christmas can be a painful reminder that all is not right, that the past still haunts some families and that we are in deep need of God’s grace.
The whole Advent of Christ is about Grace and forgiveness. As we begin to talk about God healing hurts, forgiveness fro us and to others, and the blessings of relationships, I pray freedom and relational health on us all.

Compelled Christmas Teaching Series.
Compelled Christmas Teaching Series.

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