Summary: Do you find it easy to admit when YOU have done something wrong? If we are honest, none of us are really comfortable admitting we have done something wrong.
CALLED TO CONFESS
This morning, as we continue in our series on Dynamic Disciples, our focus is on confession,
The Oxford dictionary defines confession this way:
1. A formal statement admitting that one is guilty.
2. An acknowledgement that one has done something about which one is ashamed or embarrassed.
3. A formal admission of one’s sins with repentance and desire of absolution.
4. Intimate personal revelations.
In order to confess you have to admit you were wrong. And most people don’t like to do that.
So here is the first question: Do you find it easy to admit when YOU have done something wrong?
If we are honest, none of us are really comfortable admitting we have done something wrong.
Some people are too proud.
Some people are indifferent.
Some people think it shows weakness.
Yet James 5:16 says Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
I think this verse drags each of us out of our comfort zone doesn’t it?
We may be comfortable talking to God in prayer, asking Him to forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us, but confessing to each other, that’s a little too risky. What will people think if I told them THAT about ME.
We try and maintain an image with each other, we want others to see the Church me, the Christian me, not the real me.
Outwardly we want to appear ok, yet inwardly there can be a whole load of issues we refuse to deal with.
We don’t want others to know what we are feeling, we don’t want to appear weak, we don’t want to appear faithless, we don’t want to take the risk.
Some people will try anything to avoid facing their problems and live with a sense of guilt that drags them down and steals their joy.
Second question: Have you ever felt guilty?
Have you ever been in the middle of doing something, and a thought pops into your head?
Maybe you remember something you said or did long ago? Or maybe you remember something you should have said or could have done?
Whatever the cause of the thought, it was probably followed by a sense of guilt, or shame, or embarrassment.
Maybe right now, this question has brought something to mind that you thought you had forgotten.
When we have unresolved guilt it can do great damage to us.
God has designed us to have a conscience. God has designed us to realize when we’ve sinned or messed up or failed or fallen short.
Romans 3:23-24 reminds us: For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins.
Friends we have been set free from the penalty for our sins, as disciples of Christ, God has already forgiven us.
The bible teaches us he bore all our guilt and shame and suffering at the cross. My sins, your sins, our sins past, present and future are already forgiven.
But that does not give us a licence to behave however we want to.