If we want true fellowship with God, confession of sin is necessary to find forgiveness. We want to look in the hidden places with him and prepare for healing. It requires total and complete honesty.
Welcome to part 1 of the Going By Faith series Uncovering Sin and Finding Forgiveness.
The pamphlet Heart Searching for Prayer, Preparation and Personal Revival offers 23 points of reflection to not just read but to pray, journal and share with others. With the permission of Christ Life Ministries, we will share two points each week to work out with God throughout your day, starting today.
First pray with the Bible verse and then read the questions one by one. Answer truthfully.
Every “yes” means sin in your life. Confess it, name it to God and make no excuse for it. Be willing to make it right.
Verse: Matthew 6:12-14 (NIV)
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
* Is there anyone against whom you hold a grudge?
* Anyone you have not forgiven?
* Anyone you hate?
* Anyone you do not love?
* Are there any misunderstandings that you are unwilling to forget?
* Is there any person against whom you are harboring bitterness, resentment or jealousy?
* Anyone you dislike to hear praised or well spoken of?
* Do you allow anything to justify a wrong attitude toward another?
Take time with your confession. If you’re not ready to let something go, ask Jesus Christ to enter your heart. Trust him, and be assured that he will show you.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Ready for the next confession? See Confessions of Selfishness (part two).