He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
The term “priorities” used to be referred to only in the singular form — priority. It was “set your prioritystraight,” not priorities. Today we have many priorities, and I’m afraid we’re a lot like Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s. When asked by TheNew York Times what he believed in, he responded by saying, “God, my family, and McDonald’s hamburgers.” Afterwards he added, “And when I get to the office, I reverse the order.”
The problem is a universal one, and all humans, whether Christian or not, will be forced to deal with it. It is a problem called pride; we not only deceive others by it — we deceive ourselves.
This is how it usually comes down: because of pride, you go to church on Sunday and look and act like a Christian — everyone thinks you’re an upright citizen. Then, like Ray Kroc, you go to your workplace on Monday and look and act like an unbeliever — your co-workers think you’re an okay guy. In reality, you’re the farthest thing from either description!
“Confession is the road to healing,” as one songwriter once said, and it is the cure to self-deception. We all would like to think that we’re good people, or at least better than average — certainly not as bad as the other guy! The truth is, just because we’re saved doesn’t mean we’re perfect.
Consider the examples God gives us in His Word: Old Testament figures were saved by their faith in the promise of the coming Messiah: Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Samson, David, and many others. In the New Testament, there is one who stands out from all who followed Christ: Simon Peter. These men of God faltered in their walk of faith — floundered in the sea of sin — failed God, themselves, and others. Yet...all repented and regained their testimonies with God and men, and six of them are listed in the Bible’s “Hall of Faith” chapter, Hebrews 11.
Perhaps the world has to see us admit our sins and confess our wrong doings before they will be able to see their own need for confession and repentance. Christ died for sinners, and when sinners who have been saved reach out to sinners who are still lost, conversions will be the result.
Some people will hate us because of our message, as Christ promised in the gospel of John, but others will come to Christ through our transparency and love.
The point is simple — don’t be a Pharisee. Never stop confessing your sin to God and to others, and never stop telling the world of their need for Christ’s love and mercy, for “all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)...and that includes you.Millions of Muslims throughout Iraq, Israel, and Jordan now hear the Gospel in their own language on Wisdom for the Heart! Click on The Forward Movementto read more about this exciting project.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
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