Below the Surface
I don’t bruise easily. I recently got hit in the head with a large board—dangers of demolition—and I thought for sure I would have a bump or welp or something. I had the pain, but nothing to show for it. Now, I’m not complaining, but sometimes I’ll forget it’s there. I wash my face or push my hair out of my eyes and my hand will run right over the spot and the pain quickly reminds me that the bump is still there even though it’s all under the surface.
Sin can be a lot like this. If we choose to keep it under the surface, to hide it and not confess it, we can start to forget its even there until we run our hand over it and the pain starts all over again. Confession is the first step on the road of salvation and freedom. God already knows about it, you just have to let go of it, surrender it to Him, and stop going back to it. If you are directly sinning against someone (i.e., porn/lust being a sin against your spouse) then you need to confess that sin to the one you have sinned against so that they can offer you forgiveness.
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5:16)
“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:8-9)
The sin we haven’t surrendered over to Christ, the one you haven’t told anyone about, that’s the one that keeps rearing its ugly head and causing you so much pain. Living with unconfessed sin is painful, like the wound below the surface. I know this from experience, and King David did, too.
“When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.” (Psalm 32:3-4)
Christ’s sacrifice on the cross saves us from the consequence of our sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). Jesus took our sin and shame, and we can experience true joy when we confess our sins and lay them at the cross.
“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! (…)Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’ And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” (Psalm 32:1-2, 5)
Are you ready to experience this joy? Confess your sins to God and anyone you are sinning against. Accept forgiveness and you will experience the joy David writes about, the joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt!
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.