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His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. (Hosea 6:3)

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Good For The Soul… Confession as defined by the Oxford dictionary is “an acknowledgment that one has done something about which one is ashamed or embarrassed”, or “the act of admitting that you have done something wrong or illegal.” In the Bible confession is integral to building an honest relationship with God and with others we have wronged. Confession is also “best friends” as it were with forgiveness. 1 John 1:9, demonstrates this relationship very clearly: “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Confession (verbal assent) follows repentance (an act of the will) whereby we agree with God that we are sinners and want to change. Without the admission of wrongdoing, forgiveness cannot take place and pardon cannot be given. From a legal standpoint confession is admission of guilt which allows justice to be served.

In the great controversy between Christ and Satan, good and evil, confession of sins is an important discipline whichevidences our allegiance to God and his standards of righteousness and holiness. So what does confession look like? One of the greatest examples in the Bible is found in Psalms 51, penned by King David following a showdown with Nathan the prophet sent to him by God. David had amassed a catalogue of sins resulting from the initial act of lusting after Bathsheba the wife of Uriah, a soldier in his army, whilst she was bathing (see 2 Samuel 11).

His lust for Bathsheba led to adultery, her pregnancy, further deceit and eventually, David ordered the murder Uriah to cover up his tracks. God called David a man after his own heart, in Psalms 51 you can see why. David leaves no stone unturned when it comes to confession and repentance the Psalm is an excellent exemplar for us. David begins by pleading to God for mercy.

He acknowledges his transgression and iniquity. He makes a detailed confession without a hint defence.In verse 4, David recognises that all sin is committed against God. This in-depth confession involves taking full responsibility for wrongdoing (iniquity, transgression and sin) then asking God to wash, cleanse, purge and blot it from his life. Implied within the Psalm is the notion that David had spent time in self-examination before realising that only God could set him free from his guilt and give him peace.

The Psalmist recognised that sin is spiritual heart disease which affects both the heart and the spirit. The only remedy is a “new heart and a right spirit.” Only the Holy Spirit transform our character. This change of heart and mind, the greatest evidence of a transformed life, is a powerful witness to others: “then will I teach transgressors thy ways and sinners shall be converted unto thee” (v13). Winning souls to the kingdom as a result of God saving us from our messy lives should also be our goal.

The final observation of Psalm 51 is that confession is a “sacrifice” of a “broken spirit and a contrite heart” which pleases God. David was a man after God’s own heart because he not only knew how to say sorry, but he knew how to please God. May we as children of God, take a leaf out David’s book and determine to please our Father in everything.

Karen Plumb, End Time Rain

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