King David, following the lust of the eye, fell into the grave sins of adultery and homicide. For not dealing with them, he suffered consequences marked on his body, called disease. He was also mentally disturbed through the torment of guilt. He describes his ordeal in Psalm 32 by saying, When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long. Got fay and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer; I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord then You forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin (vs. 3-5). Two organs felt the consequences of David’s non-confessed sins: the bones and the kidneys- (my moisture was turned into the drought of summer). We have here the confirmation that we bring on ourselves diseases because of non-confessed sins. The weight that they have on us is difficult to deal alone without confession to God and to the one we have offended. We all know the hold that guilt together with fear have on us. Fear, because guilt brings with it the spirit of fear, and fear brings with it remorse. It is fear and remorse that devastate our mental capability, leading us to mental illnesses and ultimately, suicide. If only we had the courage to face the reality before us, we would rid of fear of confessing our sins. We also would experience peace and spiritual and mental freedoms. The Bible says, If we admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).
Freedom Through Confession and Forgiveness
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