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Finding True Joy in Confession

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"He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion." - Proverbs 28:13

It's no mystery that when we fall we struggle with being open and honest about it. It's not natural for us to confess the ugliness of our sin. So what do we do? We brush it under the carpet and try to forget it, thinking that we don't have to deal with it. The reality is that hidden sin only leads to a hardened heart. This passage teaches us that concealing our transgressions won't lead to the outcome we are hoping for. Living with unconfessed sin will fail to bring us joy. But if we confess and forsake our sins, we will find something we didn't think possiblecompassion! Thus leading us to freedom from guilt and further in the joy in Christ.


Are you living under the illusion that unconfessed sin is okay?

Rising and Falling

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"If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 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." - 1John 1:8-10

Being a Christian doesn't mean you are perfect or that you will be perfect in this life. What it does mean is that you are in a never-ending battle with sin and the flesh. Pastor Vance often says, "Holiness isn't the absence of sin, it's the presence of a struggle." But if we say that we have no sin in us, we make God a liar. However, if we acknowledge our sin to Him, he graciously and righteously forgives us and cleanses us of even the things we don't know about! Proverbs 27:16 tells us, "For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again". In Christ, though we may stumble and we won't stay down. Because of God's grace and the work of His Son on the cross, we can embrace His forgiveness for our shortcomings and rise again.


Have you acknowledged your sin to God and embraced His forgiveness for your shortcomings?