Nov 23rd 2021 · Day 327
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We all sin! We all get it wrong. I’ve done things and said things that I so regret. What about you?
Of course, we don’t have to live in regrets when we know Jesus. We can come to Him, and confess everything, chat it over with Him, say sorry, put it right if we can, and if we can’t – well: we have to leave it with Him.
The important thing is, though, that we come to Him with our mistakes, our errors, our wilful disobedience.
It’s difficult though, isn’t it? Especially when we feel justified in what we’ve said or done. ‘Well, Lord, she was asking for me to speak to her that way. She’s been really rude. So why shouldn’t I have been rude back?’ And so on.
I’ve found that when I try to justify myself before God, it doesn’t work. It meets with a resounding silence. It’s when I start to open up and tell Him about stuff He already knows about, that I start to feel some peace.
1 John 1 talks about walking in the light: getting things out in the open with God. No point in pretending with Him. He knows our hearts. But He doesn’t condemn or accuse. He wants us to confess our faults to Him, so He can clean the wound they have caused. He will ‘cleanse us from all unrighteousness’ when we ask Him (v. 9).
It’s great to feel clean and new and forgiven, isn’t it? Let’s not keep things hidden from God. He’s gentle. He calls us to be open and honest with Him. He won’t reject us. He invites us to share our troubles, our worries, our problems, our mess-ups and our doubts. Why? Because He loves us!
Pause and reflect: Is there anything you need to bring to God today that you feel you have been trying to hide from Him?
Sheila Jacobs is a Christian writer and editor, and an award-winning author. She is also a retreat leader and day chaplain at a retreat house. She loves listening to people’s stories, and encouraging writers to hone their
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