Last week I wrote about a lesson I learned regarding generosity and laundry detergent, today I'd like to discuss the freedom I experienced from sharing this.
I was actually quite embarrassed to talk about how stingy I had been with the laundry detergent. From the comments and conversations I had after sharing my story, I realized how freeing talking about my problems can be. I believe there are spiritual forces at work in the world. And an enemy that seeks to deceive and rob us of the freedom found in Jesus.
This enemy condemns our hearts. He can convince us to keep the sins in our lives hidden and trap us into thinking if we confess (fill in the blank), something bad will happen. This is anything but the truth. David, a king in the Bible, shares how he was plagued with guilt:
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 32:5 (New Living Translation)
We do not need to confess so that the other person will forgive us. Because of Jesus, a mediator is not needed to speak to God. We can talk to him directly.
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. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. - 1 John 1:8-10 (NLT)
When I get something out into the open, I am no longer bound by my internal conflict to hide it so I look like I'm perfect. I am not, you are not, and we both know it.
What things have you been learning lately?