Remember that even if you make the right choice, you’re forgiven.  -Unknown  

I haven’t done a very good job of confessing my sins to anyone lately even though the Bible says it’s a good idea—and whenever it’s me verses the Bible, well, let’s just say I need to think less of what I think and more of what it says. 

And my blog certainly isn’t my confessional booth. 

The reality is this: Lately I haven’t even been confessing my sins to God as I have been busy trying to ignore them and I know that seems like a perfect strategy to a good number of people—as if maybe ignoring our sin is to deal with it effectively.  But that approach doesn’t help me in my walk with God I have learned.  So I was out taking a walk here on a beautiful Michigan July afternoon today and I got to talking to God and he hadn’t forgoten my name even though I had been putting off talking to him for longer than I will admit.  After thanking him again that I was still alive after a stormy few years (as I find myself doing on a pretty frequent basis for a guy who doesn’t pray near enough—thanking him that is).  And then I began to confess a few sins he already knew about so I lumped them together and just said something pretty close to this; You know I have a lot to ask forgiveness for Lord.  I ended in mid-sentence before I ever finished my thought as I sensed that God just may have had something to say himself in response to my prayer (as if I needed to stop talking before he could seal my lips and roar back at me if he wanted to). 

Do you want to know what God said to me? 

I’m not going to tell you just yet.

Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.     (James 5:16-18, The Message Bible)

Maybe you think it’s too easy to be forgiven and that we should have to climb a flight of stairs on our hands and knees in our skibbies in the freezing cold every time we sin.  If you do, I feel sorry for you—God’s mercy can’t be bartered for.  I told you that I’d tell you what God said to me so I will—he didn’t say anything.  I didn’t need him to, I knew right then and there when I started speaking the words what he might say to me.  It was clear: Although I might have a pile of sins—he has more forgiveness than I have sin and my going on about them wouldn’t be needed.

And what God says to every one of us who trust in his mercy, is simple—the fountain of his forgiveness never runs dry.

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