Everyone makes mistakes. But there is an epidemic in the world today of people who can’t admit they did something wrong. God says, “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). But first we have to be sorry about what we’ve done.
according to God’s way of doing things, there are three steps to changing our behaviour.
- First there is confession, which is admitting what we did.
- Next there is repentance, which is being sorry about what we did.
- Then there is asking forgiveness which is being cleansed and released from what we did.
The inability or resistance to do any of these three steps is rooted in pride. A man who cannot humble himself to admit he is wrong before God and before man will have problems in his life that will never go away. “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Proverbs 26:12–NIV).
Too many of us have fallen because of pride and the inability to confess and repent. Unconfessed sin does not just go away. It becomes a cancer that grows and suffocates life. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsake them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). “God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Yes, whether it’s pride or fear that keeps you from confessing – it’s worth it.
The Christian life is a process. The closer we get to God, the more difficult the process becomes. Why? “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).
”Too many of us have fallen because of pride and the inability to confess and repent. Unconfessed sin does not just go away. It becomes a cancer that grows and suffocates life.” – real truth. I was one of those proud enough not to repent many years ago. And if there’s one thing I hate about it, it’s about having no peace deep in your heart. The time God erased all the pride and led me to repent was the most peaceful moment I have ever experienced. Thanks for sharing this post 🙂 God bless!
Thanks for that comment Joyce. Unfortunately many of us do not realize, that it is best to fess up now–or perish later. God has devised a way for us to redeem ourselves, and the time is now for us to take full advantage of the opportunity–it’s not going to last forever.