Brokenness

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9 ESV

          What do we do when the truth hurts? Like Jesus countrymen who tried to throw him off a cliff, most of us don't enjoy having our honest condition revealed. When we discover the truth about what happens when we acknowledge our brokenness we have no reason to hide from the light.

          When conviction comes knocking surrendering to it will not end in pain or shame, but rather in peace and hope. Nothing is more liberating than acknowledging our brokenness before the one who understands and does not condemn. Confession of sin is both acknowledging one's need of a savior, and expressing faith in God's acceptance and forgiveness.

             The initial pain associated with surrendering to conviction grows from an ignorance of God's heart. Many do not understand that confession includes faith in God's acceptance and forgiveness. It is faith alone in Jesus' atoning sacrifice that makes true confession possible.

          Some confuse confession with acknowledging their worthlessness but this could not be more wrong. Confession acknowledges brokenness, not worthlessness. Confession also acknowledges the infinite value The Creator and Redeemer has placed upon us through his love.

          Some day every knee will bow and every tongue will acknowledge that God is indeed love. Why not surrender to the light right now and experience cleansing and confidence that you might stand in that day unashamed, covered with His robe of righteousness?

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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