In our world of pretending and hiding, of careful image construction and managing appearances, the practice of confessing is all too easy to neglect or dismiss. We’d rather not have to confront our own hard hearts or acknowledge our own unfaithfulness. The truth all too often seems too difficult for us to bear. But when we steer clear of the practice of confessing, what we find, over time, is that we are more and more compromised, less and less truthful. As a result it can become increasingly difficult to recognize any resemblance between the lives we claim to be living and the lives we’re actually living. The reality is that however scary the thought of confessing may be, the thought of what becomes of a life devoid of the practice of confessing is far more unsettling. Freedom, true freedom, only comes when we’re willing to dare to deal with the truth.
telling the whole truth about ourselves, trusting that the greater truth of God’s love for us can save us and set us free.
The following video visualizes confession and forgiveness in a powerful way, inspiring us to give the practice of confessing a chance.
This song by Andy Gullahorn uses words and music to paint an image of the kind of community that can emerge between people whose lives are characterized by the practice of confessing, of telling the truth about themselves.
Listen To Our Hearts
Here are a few simple ways to open your life to God this week through the practice of confessing:
1: When you pray this week, rather than asking God for forgiveness in general, take the step of naming the specific sins you’re struggling with. Try your best to trust that God is working to set you free from these specific struggles.
2: There is a deep healing that can be found by sharing all of your sin struggles with one other person, who after learning the whole truth about you, can pronounce God’s grace over you. Prayerfully identify who that person is for you and fully share with them your struggles with sin. If someone chooses to share their confession with you, listen with gentleness and patience, not correcting them or minimizing their confession, but responding to them with the love and grace of God.
3: Choose someone you’ve sinned against. Initiate setting up a time this week to speak with them, confess your sin, and ask them to forgive you, hoping that they will respond to your vulnerability with grace.
This week’s playlist features songs that reflect on themes of sinfulness, confession, and grace.