Revive Me, Week 22– A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
Clear Your Conscience
One of my sons, who shall remain unnamed, recently started this conversation with me:
“Mom, do you remember that time several years ago when I was sweeping the kitchen and you saw me sweeping the crumbs out from under the refrigerator? You commended me for being so thorough and told me I was doing a great job with my chores. Well, I wasn’t sweeping the crumbs out from under the refrigerator. I was too lazy to get the dustpan so I was hiding the whole pile of crumbs by sweeping it under the refrigerator.”
There was chagrin all over my son’s face as he waited for my reaction to his confession.
We are entering that phase of parenting where we get to hear all kinds of confessions. It’s a wonder any of my sons even survived their childhood based on some of the shenanigans they’re owning up to!
In this particular case, my son’s conscience was bothered by having received undeserved praise. Perhaps there will come a day when we will receive a confession of something more “serious” than laziness or recklessness.
“Open confession is good for the soul.”
This old Scottish proverb has biblical backing. Guilt has a way of festering. God wants us to feel clean and whole.
- James 5:16- “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.”
- 1 John 1:9- “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
- Prov. 28:13- “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.”
- Psalm 32:3-5- “When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’; and You forgave the guilt of my sin.”
Suggestions for the Week:
- If you like to mark in your Bible, look up the above passages. Circle the action (“confess,” “acknowledge”) and underline the result (“healed,” “forgive,” “cleanse,” etc.).
- If you have children or grandchildren, spend time studying these passages. Help them understand that confession is better than suppression. Help them see that confession brings forgiveness and wholeness and is another evidence of God’s love for us.
- If you have hidden sins, clear your conscience. If it’s between you and God, confess it to Him and ask for forgiveness. If it’s an offense against another, go to that person privately and humbly confess and ask for forgiveness.
- Pray for courage, wisdom, and discernment.
Read it. Memorize it. Live it.