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What Do We Do When We Confess?

I don’t know if you do a lot of confession when you pray.  I hope you do.  Confession is, they say, good for the soul.  John even tells us that when we confess, the Lord is righteous and faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.  I wonder, though, what most of us do when we confess to the Lord.

I  wonder if in our confession we simply tell him what we did.  Don’t get me wrong.  I definitely think we should do that.  Sure, the Lord already knows about it, but we should tell him that we know we have sinned.

But is there more?  Do we just nonchalantly advise Him to the sin we have committed?  Do we really take it seriously?

Are we contrite?  Do we really think that what we did was wrong?  Do we really believe that we have sinned against our Creator?  Do we wonder if there will be any consequences to our sin?  Or do we simply say that we are forgiven, we can’t lose our salvation, and move on?

Are we grief-stricken?  Do we wonder how we could have sinned instead of walking in the Spirit?  Do we question why we aren’t filled with the Spirit in that moment?  Are we devastated that what we did was not the fruit of the Spirit?

Do we repent?  Not just say that we will never do it again, but do we really turn one hundred eighty degrees from the direction we have taken?

I know that I have spent too little time thinking like this.  What would happen if this was our attitude?  We might find ourselves  in fewer situations needing to be contrite, grief-stricken repent.

What do you do when you confess?

  1. February 11, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Grief-stricken might be too strong of a word for most times, although there are times I find myself crying. Most often it is a simple heart-felt sorry.

    • February 11, 2013 at 5:30 am

      It might be, but I’m afraid too many of us don’t take nearly serious enough.

  2. February 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    i get it…
    are we making grace a license to sin?…thats the question to sum up your questions…

    • February 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Right. If all I do is think that I just confess and I’m off scott free, then we may have a bigger issue.

  3. February 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I confess then sometimes it doesn’t sink in that God really forgave me so I confess it some more. Sometimes I can beat the mess out of myself. Thankfully God is patient with me even through that.

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