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A Life of Repentance

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"I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord'; and you forgave the guilt of my sin." - Psalm 32:5

The Christian life is a life of continual repentance because we find ourselves often "missing the mark" and failing to follow God without blemish. Sometimes we may come to a point of utter frustration and anger over our failures. It can begin to feel hopeless for the believer who is in a season of struggle, but we shouldn't lose heart. The way we combat sin is not to hide it or even to be ashamed of it, but to confess it to God and ask Him to do what only He can do: extend to us His grace! And remember that no matter how you stumble, that grace enables grace to live holy lives before Him and experience the moment-by-moment victory He alone can bring.

Do you regularly confess your sin to God?

The Pain We Cause Ourselves

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"When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer." - Psalm 32:3-4

Our struggle with sin will not come to an end until either Christ returns or calls us home. In the meantime, day in and day out, we must wage war against our flesh. Yet, even despite our best efforts, we find ourselves still failing. And inevitably, we are filled with disappointment and guilt. And if we aren't careful, our response will be to hide our mistakes and cover them up. But what we find is that this doesn't help us at all; in fact, it does quite the opposite. David knew all too well what happened when he "kept silent" about his sin. Keeping his sin in the dark, covered up, only drained him all the more and rendered him highly susceptible to fumbling around in the sin he so desperately wanted to avoid. Real victory lies in us dragging out our sin into the light and getting honest about it with God.

Is there unconfessed sin in your life? Embrace His forgiveness today.

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