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Confession and Mercy

Proverbs 28:13
He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Secret sin is a shameful matter. the weight of it in your life gets compounded like interest increases debt. Most people deal well with sin over all, recognizing it and avoiding it. But for most, there are 1 or 2 fatal areas that anchor us to pain. Dr. Ted Roberts calls it "cherished sin." It's what we turn to for momentary relief from other pain or pressure in our lives. Often it is some self-indulgent activity (e.g. shopping, eating, porn, even sleeping too much as a way to avoid stuff, etc.) that seems to provide momentary relief, but really compounds the guilt and shame, increasing our pain. Our failure to overcome it only send us into a hopeless repetitive cycle of bondage which effects our soul and spirit.

But there is a way out - confession. First there is the cry from a broken heart to a loving God for mercy and forgiveness. Second, it the comittment to transparency with others. James 5:17 says confession is the the way to healing the bruise of sin. Confession releases fortitude to resist the gravitational pull of "cherished sin." Confession calls us to change our fleshly response to the stimulus of our lives and forsake our want for immediate gratification. It frees us from the weight and entanglemnt of sin (Hebrews 12:2) and allows our soul to prosper.

Lord, let me walk in the freedom and health that comes from confession. Let it release it's healing in my life as I walk transparently with others and forsake the call of "cherished sin."

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