Friday, August 3, 2018

Confessing Our Sins

Does your conscience ever bother you? It's a good thing to have a sensitive conscience. God made  us that way. When we do wrong, we know it. No one needs to tell you. When we do what is right, our conscience is at peace. "Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things" (Hebrews 13:18, ESV).
The problem is that all of us do the wrong thing from time to time. Then, we can heed a guilty conscience or ignore it. If we ignore it, the voice of conscience is weakened. It becomes easier to do the wrong thing again. We may even totally ignore our conscience and silence it.

A guilty conscience is a moral barometer telling us that we are moving into a risky area. God does not want us to live with guilt nor shame. He wants us to confess to him that we have done wrong and turn from it.

When we confess our sins to God and turn from the wrong direction, peace returns. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9, ESV). Confessing our sins leads to a clear conscience.