THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Main Text: 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 32:3 – When I kept silence, my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long.
God never condones sin, nor does He spare His chastening rod. But when we confess, He begins a new work in our hearts. He removes the blot of sin entirely. Then He makes us stronger and more useful than we were before.
Before God forgives us, we must repent and confess our sins and the act. True repentance must come first before forgiveness. In Psalm 51, King David cried out to God for mercy and forgiveness because the Lord had been dealing with him about his sins with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband. Apparently, he never realized this sin long after it happened until Prophet Nathan showed him the gravity of his sins. As long as he refused to face the truth of the sin and repent, God could not forgive him.
Beloved, do not let sin linger in your life. We must be honest with God about our sins and ourselves. We all sin, but when we do we need to quickly repent and confess. Repentance results in life’s true pleasure that is, communion with God and oneness with fellow believers.
Unconfessed sins are the potholes on the road of our Christian journey. To repair the road we need only to repent and confess our sins and the road becomes smooth. A repentant attitude reveals a vibrant faith, a humble heart and secure relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot grow without it.
CONESSION AND FORGIVENESS UNBURDEN THE SHOULDERS
Prayer: Almighty God, grant your Holy Spirit convict us when we sin and give us grace to repent, forsake and confess such sins.BY BISHOP NGOZI DURUEKE (HE REIGNS CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL) To send your testimony, write us: firstname.lastname@example.org.