Reverend Tina Burgess.........................07909107404
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Have you ever had a ‘light bulb’ moment? You know – that moment when something becomes really clear to you. Maybe its something you have been thinking about and questioning in the background of your mind and suddenly, it comes into sharp focus at the forefront of your understanding and you see it with completely new eyes? This recently happened to me on the subject of sin.
Sin is probably not a very popular subject. We probably don’t like hearing about it let alone talking about it or reflecting on the reality of sin in our lives. But the question remains…what do we do with our sin?
I often quote this scripture in 1 John1:8, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This scripture has helped me many, many times, to draw near to God at that moment when I feel (and when I know) I least deserve his love or listening ear. This scripture has helped me to dare to face up to my sin and confess it before him, asking for his forgiveness. And God has always been faithful to his word. But why is it so important to confess our sins?
I had a light bulb moment, driving home from church in the car…
Confessing our sins is for us! Confessing our sins is not something which must be done to appease an impatient (because I need forgiveness so often) or an angry (because I’ve sinned at all) God. Confessing our sins is for our good. And the Lord so readily forgives and cleanses us just like his word promises.
He does it so readily because he has already (once and for all) paid the price for us to be forgiven and made right with God. And he bids us to keep short accounts with him and attend to our sins as soon as we are aware of it because he wants us to experience the forgiveness that he paid the price for – to experience the benefits that he went to the cross for us to have.
Sin closes us off to God. It keeps us guilty, hiding, defeated…and if left unconfessed, makes us self-deluded and causes a distance between us and the one who loves us unconditionally. God wants us to confess our sins straight away so that they may be cleansed by his blood; so that they may not have any negative or destructive effect in our minds or our hearts; so that sin will not get in the way of his wonderful light shining through us and so that his wonderful image in us may not be marred.
God does not want us to be bent out of shape by our sin.
Let’s not pretend that we have not sinned – but let’s embrace acknowledging our sins and weaknesses to him as we become aware of them so that we can be cleansed of its effect and healed of its impact; so that we can live the grace-filled life of freedom from sin. This is Christ’s gift to us. Let us receive it with open hands and thankful hearts.