I said this was going to be a happier post than the last one.  I try to be a man of my word.

Let’s talk about sin.

I’m going to paraphrase a few Bible verses here.  Just for the sake of writing flow, I won’t be giving the references, but I strongly, strongly, strongly encourage you to check to keep me honest.

The Scriptures tell us that we’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.  We know that we often hide sin in our hearts, and refuse to own up to it.

Unconfessed sin cuts us off from fellowship with God.  His joy, His peace, His power can’t and won’t come into a sin-hardened heart.

Ah, but confessing sin?  Better yet, asking God to search our hearts and reveal our sin to us so that we can BETTER confess it?  It brings a tremendous freedom, and a tremendous peace.  I speak from personal experience, as one who likes to stubbornly hold on to pet sins.

….okay, I’ll quote two verses.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  I John 1:9

And, a favorite prayer: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139:23-24

Unburdening, friends.  Pouring out our sins before God, agreeing with Him that we are sinners, and asking for (and receiving) His mercy and forgiveness.  There’s nothing like it.