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Sunday, January 22, 2012

CONFESSION GOOD FOR THE SOUL???



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 Confession is good for the soul is an old saying that almost sounds like a verse of scripture.

The nearest thing to this may be; Therefore confess your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 NIV

I think that when the guilt becomes too great and you need relief from it the next logical step is to own up to the offence. Somehow doing this offers some reprieve from the condemnation brought on from wrong doing.

Often this act will possibly bring on much pain to another especially within a marriage. When a betrayal occurs and in order to get some relief from guilt the perpetrator confesses it, and the innocent party is devastated.

Dumping the guilt on someone else is a way of getting absolution from the deed and it some how alleviates the offender’s pain.

On the whole fessing up is a good thing to do. It clears the air and restores free flow communication that guilt impedes. It also allows the one offended to make decisions as to how they want to deal with it.

While the scriptures say “your sin will find you out” there is a price to be paid by the offended one.

1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Notice this verse speaks of you and God not the other party. If it is possible to “Go and sin no more,” understand that some things are better dealt with and kept between a person and GOD. I emphasize the ‘Go and sin no more” for if you continue sinning because you got away with it will injure your soul from which it will be hard to recover from if at all possible. This is an internal wounding that will haunt you the rest of your life.

Some people like to use sayings such as, “Well nobody is perfect” as if that validates the sin they are engaged in and they consider their weakness as justification for doing it again.

When an offence occurs nothing will ever be the same again. People never get over it; they just get “By it” and go on.

That being the case perhaps we should give it at least a second thought before doing the dirty deed for it is like the stain that will never wash out no matter what you do or how many times you wash it.
(Or Confess it)

This post is linked with Michelle's Hear it on Sunday  

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