“How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit! 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. Selah. 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. Selah.”
Psalms 32:1-5 NASB
There is nothing more draining than trying to keep a deep, dark secret. There is great burden and much stress as the secret dwells in our hearts, consuming space and and robbing us of joy. I remember when I did naughty things in my childhood. I would seek to conceal the deed from my parents in an effort to avoid the punishment. The longer I held on to it, the worse I felt.
All of us carry the burden of sin in ourselves, weighing us down and causing us to have that need to conceal parts of ourselves from others. It is a constant battle that drains the life from us. We worry what people might think if they found out.
Often we try and keep our sin from God. Of course He already knows. I have found myself in that place, especially when the sin involves areas where I have stumbled repeatedly. I feel great shame in bringing my same old sin to the Lord over and over again.
I try and hold onto it and I struggle as my fellowship with the Lord suffers. It is hard to pray when you have unconfessed sin. There is no way to boldly go before the throne. I find myself slinking in, under the weight of my wickedness.
To confess is to agree with God. I know when I have sinned. He knows when I have sinned. I acknowledge what I have done and place it under the shed blood of Jesus who already paid for it. Enervation is replaced by refreshment as I let go of the secret and enjoy a renewed, and revitalized fellowship with the Lord.
Salvation in Jesus is so wonderful!
“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:1 NASB
When I as a born again believer in Jesus Christ come for forgiveness, it is not to be saved but to clear away all the things that inhibit my fellowship with Him.
For those not in Christ, the sin is death, condemnation and a destination of hell for those who have not believed unto repentance.
Believers have the advantage of the Holy Spirit that convicts us when we sin. Those not in Christ are driven by human conscience. Some are sensitive, others not. Most have blind spots where they ignore the sting of the conscience if it an area that brings great pleasure. They will even revel in it and applaud others that do the same. Their hearts have become seared.
The Holy Spirit is also convicting the world of sin. God has placed a sense of what is right in the heart of man. We feel guilt, we feel shame, we are torn by our actions. Some seek to blame these feelings on others and their lack of acceptance of a particular sin. In reality the feelings are coming from God.
Lost people have no peace. They are at war with God and themselves. In reality they are enemies. Unlike most mortal enemies, God is also the peacemaker: He sent His Son to make the peace and pay for the sin of the world.
Truly blessed is the one whose sin has been forgiven.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 NASB
Believer, if you are holding secret sin in your heart, He already knows. Confess.
If you have never asked the Lord to forgive you, now is a great time to come to Jesus and be forgiven. You too can know that peace of a life free of guilt and shame. It is as simple as “Jesus save me, forgive my sin!” Your sincere cry from your heart will be heard. You will have a new beginning, a new journey! Life becomes an open book, no secrets, no stress and a free flowing relationship with the God of the Universe!
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