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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Clearing My Conscience Provides a Happy Heart

In review of Psalms 32:1-2 it says, “What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! What joys when sins are covered over! What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record.”

Bottom Line:
Confess and agree on your sins before God. He will forgive you; bringing you great joy, happiness and blessings. Then you will experience great relief and your record with him will then be cleared.

What this means to me:
I will have great happiness, joy and blessing when I confess my disobedience before him. He has promised to forgive me. Therefore great joys come to my life when my wrongs are pardoned. It is a great relief to live in complete honesty. Confessing allows God to forgive and no longer consider me guilty, he clears the slate and my record. Feelings of guilt and shame will cause me to lose my happiness. It’s hard to be guilty and happy at the same time. Philippians 2:15 tells me to, “Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people” (NLT). This might be difficult to do if my conscience is not clear. One promise I can hold on to is what David says in Psalms 32:1-2, “What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! What joys when sins are covered over! What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record” (LB). Happiness, joy, and relief are the things everyone looks for. Scriptures tell me that in order to be happy, enjoy life and have relief from pain, I should strive for purity, a purity that comes from forgiveness provided by God’s grace. So to maintain a happy heart, I’ll strive to keep a clear conscience. In my quiet times with God, I will continue to consider anything that could be standing between me and God. I need to deal with the junk from my prior day and evening. So, I’ll review my prior day/night, confess my sins, and then take in God’s power, grace and cleansing. God has promised that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV). So as I meet with God, I will continue to take out some emotional and spiritual garbage. I’ll seek to get rid of the stuff that stinks in my life by confessing my sin to God and agreeing with him that what I did was wrong. Verses I find very helpful for this is found in Psalm 139:23-24,  “23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (NLT).

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