No Use Hiding

No Use Hiding

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

I don’t know about you, but it is hard for me to confess my sins. But I have no problem confessing other people’s sins. I can run through the list of the sins of others as I pray for them, so why is it so hard for me to list my own sins? One reason is that I think I can hide my sins if I don’t voice them. This goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve first sinned and then ran and hid from God.

Another reason is that when I confess my sins, I am admitting that I am flawed. I know it myself, and God knows it, so why do I make it so hard on myself by putting off the act of confession?

This is especially critical in the area of overeating. I don’t want to confess my sin to God or to another person. I have a friend who will ask me how I’m doing, and when I confess to her what is going on, then it is much easier to confess it to God and receive His forgiveness.

When I finally confess, it is as if a huge weight has been lifted from my back. Confession is necessary before I can get back on track and begin again. This is what I love about my First Place 4 Health class. We are all in this together and we have a safe place to confess our sins, knowing there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.

When a person emails me and confesses a sin he or she is struggling with, I always pray for that person in my reply. Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have against the ravages of sin in our lives.

Action Item: Write in your journal every sin with which you are now struggling, and then pray and ask God’s forgiveness and cleansing from each one.

Carole Lewis

Houston, Texas