by Marilyn Ehle
â€œIf we confess our sinsâ€¦â€Â 1 John 1:9
Cameras recorded the public officialâ€™s unwise and potentially dangerous behavior. Although initially denying the gravity of the situation, his eventual public statement included these words, â€œI sincerely apologize for allowing myself to be placed in that situation where thereâ€™s a perception of wrongdoingâ€.
We might at first dismiss and decry such words as cautious â€œpolitikspeakâ€,Â but they reveal a practice we often adopt in our own approach to confessionâ€”to both God and our fellow travelers. Frequently we couch our apologies in protective words like â€œI was stressedâ€¦or tiredâ€¦or hungryâ€. â€œI was just doing what everyone else doesâ€. â€œI never learned how to do it rightâ€.Â Orâ€”even more woundingâ€”â€œYou did (that) so I did (this)“.
How strikingly different was Davidâ€™s response when faced with his heinous wrongdoing. â€œI have sinned against the Lordâ€¦I acknowledged my sinâ€¦I will confess my sinâ€.
To confess sin means â€œto agree with Godâ€, about it, to have His view toward it. With that kind of honest confession and determination to turn from the sin comes the incredible flood of forgiveness: â€œâ€¦He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousnessâ€.
Father, forgive my tendency toward self-justification instead of honest confession. Help me learn to understand the difference between â€œGod is love, BUT God hates sinâ€, and â€œGod is love, SO God hates sinâ€!
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