What role is Jesus playing in your life?
Is he the doctor you dread going to see: courteous yet detached, treating your injuries as quickly as possible, pointing out the damage you’ve done, warning you to make changes?
Or is he your mate, the one you can’t wait to be with: your most intimate confidant who fills your thoughts all day long, best friend, lover who passionately desires you, longing to hear your thoughts, heal your wounds, bear your worries, sooth your fear, sing and laugh with you?
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Confessing to God is the beginning, not the end, of facing reality. Our relationship has been scorched by my sin, erecting a barbed wire fence blocking any reunion and bloodying me in the attempt. But confession makes healing and restoration possible, and it can be done anytime, anywhere, alone or with another.
It’s like a garden hose with a nozzle on the end. The water (Holy Spirit) is on and the pressure is in the hose (calling me to repent so we can be intimate again). God’s desire to be close to me is plain and consistent, yet there is no restoration, no release. But when my desire joins his; when I am finally willing to look at the truth of my action and I confess, acknowledging reality, my surrender opens the nozzle and lets pure, clean water flow over my wounds, and healing begins.
“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” – Psalm 32: 3-5
Scripture Taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
Copyright (c) 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.
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