“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:5 NIV
I know what I did. I’ve hurt people and displeased my Heavenly Father. I’ve been mean. I’ve said hurtful things and I’ve judged people harshly. I have not only acted this way towards others but I am just as guilty as acting this way towards myself. In fact, I have probably hurt myself more than I have hurt others. I’ve tried to self medicate my pain instead of allowing God to heal me. I was wrong.
Although, God was not surprised by my actions and thoughts, He was still displeased. He taught me better than this. Instead of allowing my guilt to continue to disrupt my sleep and hold me back from receiving my blessings, I decided to confess my sins to the Lord. I decided to turn over all my past hurts and all of my weaknesses to Him. I decided to pray and bless others instead of saying something unkind.
Do you know what He did after that? He forgave me completely. He healed everything that was broken inside of me. He softened my heart to his instructions. What a blessing it is to be forgiven. I am free to become the person God has created me to be and I am free to do what He has called me to do, which is to love others and bless them. I can love without fear now because I know that If I do get hurt, God will heal me again.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteosness.” 1 John 1:9 NIV