When I think about Lance Armstrong coming clean (Scott McBride preached a great message this weekend on what Jesus would say to Lance) and confessing that he actually did use steroids, I thought it was interesting how people responded. Most people responded as those who have been betrayed. They were angry and slow to extend forgiveness. I think of Bill Clinton’s confession and how he tried to justify his lies by redefining words. People were slow to believe him or trust him.
So, let me ask you, how do you want people to respond to you once they find out what you’ve been hiding? You may deserve the same kind of response that Lance or Bill received, but what would happen if, when you came clean, people responded differently?
I think people believe that embracing someone in their sin and confession empowers them to continue sinning. Does it? Maybe it empowers them to keep confessing.
When you read Psalm 86 (below) you see a God who is slow to get angry and quick to love.
Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. (Psalms 86:1 NLT)
– Confession of our desperate need for God.
Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. (Psalms 86:3 NLT)
– His mercy may be connected to our consistency in confession.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. (Psalms 86:5 NLT)
– God’s character. Am I like this?
Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. (Psalms 86:11 NLT)
But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. (Psalms 86:15 NLT)
Action: Pick one area that you need to confess, pick one trusted person to confess to, and tell me how it went. I would love to hear your stories of confession and how it went, the good and the bad.