If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Among all the heroes in the Bible, one stands tall in both successes and sins. Young David, a teen who stopped Goliath; King David, a man after God's Own heart, committed adultery and murder. When confronted by Nathan, the prophet, David immediately responded:
'I have sinned against the Lord' (2 Samuel 12:13). While he may have been blinded by passion, David owned up when he grasped his big sin.
'For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin' (Psalm 38:18). 'Full of grief for what is past, and of cares and fears for the future; partly lest I should relapse into the same folly upon new temptations' (Matthew Poole's Commentary on Psalm 38:18).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Confessing your flawed humanity glorifies your Lord's divinity. Consider some possible reasons:
1) Confessing your sin acknowledges, rather than covers up, your error: a step preceding true repentance. Because in covering a dark spot, it cannot be made well by the Light. What's better? To reveal your mistakes, ask forgiveness, accept punishment and move forward in concert with God?
Or to pretend it never happened, compound your guilt and increase your sin? Because the Lord already knows it. Sooner or later, men will know, too. 'For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light' (Luke 8:17).
2) Confessing your sin eliminates any 'Holier than thou' (Isaiah 65:5) odors: an offensive smell to everyone except equally stinky church kin. But in honesty about your flaws, you're received like a breath of fresh air, helping others come out of hiding and walk forward with God in the truth.
In righteous accountability, you're setting up yourself and others for future success. Because you're creating a circle of friendship united in Jesus, who will pray for you, encourage you, and help keep you on the path of life, without falling back in the same sins.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: Why does God want our confession when He already knows our sin? http://www.blogos.org/thetakeaway/God-ask-confession.php
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.