ψ This evening I felt the need to take my laptop and write down, talk with you guys about something that I’ve been studying and God put on my heart.
That is – the importance of confessing sins.
ψ This past week I went through different circumstances in which I understood the strong necessity of confessing sins to one another. Not only that, but I saw how important it is for us to be honest in confessing/admitting that we constantly deal with the ugliness of sin in our life. That we are in an on-going battle. But something, better said, someone is fighting with us.
ψ It is crucial for us to be honest about our real struggle with sin not only with our Christian friends but also with our non-Christian friends. How important it is to tell them how we used to fight alone. How we were struggling before knowing Jesus. Now we know and we live knowing that He conquered sin and death, and because of that we are free. It is not a shame to admit in front of others your desperate need of Christ as you continue to fight sin in your life.
ψ The other day I was talking with a lady that does not have a personal relationship with God and her mouth dropped when I confessed to her that I struggle with something that she is also struggling at the present moment. She knew that I am Christian and she said that she was not expecting to hear that. She was thinking that I am “perfect”. And we all know that we are far away from that! We are Christians, but we are still sinners (the difference is that we are repentant sinners who turn to Christ as our only hope). And people are entitled to think about us that we do not sin when we do not open our mouths. We need to say how we are like beggars, struggling and not being satisfied with anything unless we find Jesus who feeds us till we are satisfied.
ψ Many times we want others to see us spotless. We want to portray the image of perfect man/women. We want to be seen as Christians that go to church and are always happy and not dealing with any problem. The truth is that we all struggle with sin: Christians and non-Christians. The second category, though, has a way, the only way to deal with it. To lay our sins at Christ’s nailed feet, asking for forgiveness, repenting and trusting in the saving power of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Only after that has happened, you realize how much you are loved and you start loving deeply.
ψ In other words, let them see the clouds so they will understand why you love the Sun.
“We love Him, because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
ψ I realized, as Tim Chester says in the “Soul Songs” that because we do not confess our sins to one another “We become communities of law rather than communities of grace. The world thinks we are self-righteous and Christians think they must struggle alone.”
ψ So, instead of just being honest in our churches, we prefer to pretend. To pretend that everything is fine in our personal life. To reply short and to lie to questions like “How are you?” We claim to be doing fine, but we are far away from feeling that way. We struggle with sin and we need the other members of the body to pray for us.
ψ By pretending that everything is “ok” we are not being honest. And this leads us to grow apart from each other. Confess you sins first to God, then be honest with the people of God that form the church. Be honest with the people that don’t know were you were and who you are now because of Jesus. I want to encourage you by writing down this precious reminders from the book of 1 John.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“If anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2
ψ Also, in the book of James we find it written: “Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
ψ Remember always that He is faithful and He will do what He promised. And then, you will be able to sing like David: “Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!” Psalm 32:11
Chester, Tim. Soul songs. The Good Book Company, 1991.