Wow did I mess up!
Wow, did I mess up! What do I do now?
Well, you basically only have three options:
Conceal – This does not solve anything. It is an attempt to cover up and hide the sin that we have committed. Adam and Eve even tried this in the Garden of Eden, and we still do it today. Well, the fig leaves didn’t work for them, and no amount of camouflage can hide our sin from the one who knows all of our thoughts, words, motives, and actions.
Deny – This is when we but you try to go on as if you have not. Ignoring conviction by the Holy Spirit, and guilt leads to continuing the sin, and becoming more calloused to our sin. This leads to forming a habit of sinful behavior. It also creates an unfruitful Christian life.
Confess – Ahhhh! This is the right answer. The word we get confess from literally means to “same speak.” This means that we see our sin as truly sinful, and we think of it and speak of it as God does. We “fess-up” and take full ownership for our wrong behavior. This is the opposite of concealing and denying our sins.
Here are some key points to remember about confession:
1. Confession leads to turning away from our sin, and relying on God for help.
2. Confessing leads to healing, maturing, and obedience to God.
3. Confession leads to brokenness. Brokenness leads to restoration.
4. Confess regularly. Immediately. Daily. If not, you become immune to conviction.
5. Confess it completely, no excuses. Own up to it. Admit your error.
6. Details, Details, Details. No blanket statements like, “Please forgive me for all my sins.”
7. The more sin you confess the more sensitive you become to sin.
8. The closer you get to God, the more sin you see in your life. Not that you are becoming worse, but because the light is brighter, and exposes more darkness.
A great example of how not to deal with your sin, and how to correctly deal with your sin is found in 2 Samuel 11-12. David had sinned horribly. He was taking every effort to hide his sin. In doing go he was a miserable man. Finally he realized that there was no hiding from God. In the end he fully confessed his sins, and God restored him. Here are a few words from David during this time of confession:
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin (Psalm 32:5).
Here we see the misery that denial and concealing bring, but the restoration and peace that follows confession. What do you need to confess right now? Take a moment and “same speak” of your sins to God. It is difficult, but the reward is great!