“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. 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.”
Psalms 32:1-5 NIV
Sin. We hear it described so many ways in Christian circles: “missing the mark,” “disappointing God in word, thought or deed,” and then there is the basic not following of the Ten Commandments. However you define it, we know that it separates us from God by placing a wall of guilt between us and even interfering with our worship.
When we stay silent about our wrongdoing, the shame causes very real physiological changes take place into our bodies, releasing toxins, much like when we are angry. This lowers the integrity of our immune system and can lead to illness. Don’t get me wrong; this is not to say that all illness is due to unconfessed sin. But the mind is a powerful thing, and unconfessed sin does weigh on the spirit and can lead to a host of mental and physical health issues.
The good news is that God has opened the way for us to easily remedy this situation through that very confession of our sin. We don’t have to go to a special room and talk to a pastor or priest; Jesus is the great high priest who tore the veil that separated us from the holy of holies where God resides and opened up the way for us to have a direct relationship with Him. We need simply to go to the Lord in prayer and ask forgiveness, then turn from whatever we were doing that caused the separation in the first place.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9 NIV
The heavy weight is removed. Right relationship is restored! There may still be natural consequences for bad decisions, but our spirits and attitudes will be lightened by sweet forgiveness. What do you need to confess today? 🚦
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