KNOWING WE CAN APPROACH GOD WITH CONFIDENCE FRAMES THE DISCIPLINE OF CONFESSION. BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR STRUGGLES.
Hiding our sin does us no good. It only makes our problems worse. Ignoring our struggles won't cause the problems to go away. Instead, avoidance enables them to get a better grip on our heart. A lot of baggage comes with the word confession. Being honest about our struggles makes us cringe. We wait for the hammer of judgment to be dropped down on us, but because of Christ, we get something drastically different, namely, forgiveness and grace. His desire to forgive and display love sent Jesus to the cross. By conquering death, He healed our wounds, forgave our sins and redeemed our struggles.
The barrier that kept us from being with God has been torn down. Knowing we can approach God with confidence frames the discipline of confession. Verbalizing our struggles takes the focus off our sin and places it on God and His grace. Take a moment to reflect and journal on the following questions. Ask God to bring to light any struggles you've kept hidden. Engage in a time of confession.
• Is there a sin you need to confess? Why did this area come to light?
• What issues remain off limits to God and others?
• How is avoiding talking about these struggles hindering your relationship with Christ?