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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Forgiveness Brings True Joy

In review of Psalm 32:5 it says, “Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.”

Bottom Line:
Confess your sins and stop hiding. He will forgive and help remove the guilt.

What this means to me:
I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt, and you forgave me and took the guilt away from me.

Confession is to agree with God and acknowledge that he is right to declare that what I have done is sinful, and that I'm wrong to desire or to do it. It also means affirming my intention of abandoning it in order to follow God more faithfully.

Forgiveness brings true joy!

What I’m learning is that only when I ask God to forgive my sins, will he give me real happiness and relief from guilt. There are side effects to not confessing, it adds to stress internally and affects my body and disposition.

The Lord promises to guide me along the best pathway for my life, and that he'll advise and watch over me. I don't need to be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.

One other thing to keep in mind, after I confess it, Christ forgave me, so move on and don’t dwell on it, as it would be hard to live a productive life if I’m always looking behind me. I don’t need to fear the past; it is forgiven and forgotten.

I may not know what tomorrow holds, but because He holds it in His hands, everything is going to be alright. So I can forgive myself for my past and expect tomorrow to be a brand-new day in Jesus’ name. God has already covered it!  Unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.