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Confession: Good For The Soul

May 19, 2015
by Martin Wiles   —   Audio controls are below the devotional to listen to this devotional or to hymn music while you read

Saying "I'm sorry" isn't the easiest thing in the world to do.

A recent teacher evaluation reminded me of this. Our headmaster's instructions to the observers were never to score any teacher with the highest ratings in all categories. Doing so eliminates any room for improvement. Reading over the remarks brings me face to face with my weaknesses — which I don't enjoy admitting. I'm tempted to respond with, "That's not the way it was," "I didn't do that," or "That rating was too low." But in order to improve, I must admit my errors or weaknesses — in this case, to myself — and then attempt to improve my skills in that particular area. Failing to do so influences my effectiveness as a teacher and in some cases could even affect my job.

Confessing spiritual shortcomings is also paramount.

James 5:16 – Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (NLT)

Confessing that I've offended God is the most essential confession for me to make. Sin separates me from God. Until I'm cleansed of that by accepting Christ's sacrifice, God and I won't be on good terms. This confession has eternal consequences. Confession of daily sins comes thereafter, and keeps the line between me and God open.

My confessions sometimes have to be made to others in the form of "I'm sorry for … ." This keeps my horizontal relationships in order. In extreme cases, I may even need to confess before my church. God's church is a body, and what one member does affects the entire group.

Sometimes, my failure to confess can leave me lounging under a cloud of guilt or in a bath of misery. This confession involves my failure to accept God's forgiveness. When God says He forgives, He does. When I doubt this, I need to confess my failure to believe Him so that I can enjoy the abundant life that He offers.

Confession diminishes the friction between us, God, and others. Is it your daily practice?

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your promise to forgive and restore when we confess. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Well spoken that helps me!

    We can never hear enough about forgiveness.

    How true, Martin. Confession clears the conscience and soothes the soul. Blessings.

    Thanks for bringing this to the forefront Martin.
    A good self-evaluation tool.
    Be blessed and God be with you this weekend.

    Great lesson Martin. My daughter is a special education teacher and every year she too has to be evaluated. Although she’s an excellent teacher, she never stops looking for ways to improve her class. She also wrote a beautiful prayer asking the Lord’s guidance at the start of each new day. Similarly, no matter how good we are, Jesus desires that we strive to be perfect (Matthew 5:48). Your devotional helps put this idea in perspective by simply acknowledging our wrongs and humbly confessing our sins to God.

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