Freedom Through Confession and Forgiveness

After a while, the prophet Nathan came to King David with a message from the Lord, saying, Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, doing evil in His sight? You haver slain Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife. You have murdered him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of you own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with you wives in the sight of this sun, for you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun (II Sam.12). “This sentence was fulfilled in the agony brought on David by his lawless children: Amon’s scandalous behavior with his half-sister Tamar; and his consequent murder by his brother Absalom. Absalom’s deliberate rebellious attempt to turn the masses against his father, and King David’s flight from Jerusalem. Consequently, the death of his son Absalom and his agony over his death. (Commentary from the Amplified Bible).   He also lost his child from his adulterous act with Bathsheba. Yes, King David was forgiven, but he had to go through the consequences of his follies. Paul, in his letter to the Romans makes a point concerning the hardening of the heart. The proud and stubborn of heart and without contrition will not experience forgiveness, because it is a heart that is impenitent and under condemnation of God’s wrath. King David was considered a man after God’s heart because his heart was penitent and humble. To that, he said, My sacrifice to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, such O God You will not despise (Ps. 51:17), and Blessed is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered; blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit Psalm 32: 1-2). True happiness is to be forgiven.

The prodigal son in the parable YAHSHUA told, is an example of freedom through confession. He left his family to embrace what the world offered, just to realize that when he lost all he had, all his friends abandoned him. Famished and alone, at the mercy of hog’s food, he came to the realization of his sinful condition; he saw his retched life style and coming to himself said, How many hired servants of my father have enough food, and [even food] to spare, but I am perishing here of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight.  I am no longer worthy to be called you son; make me like one of your hired servants (Luke 15:13-19). He had to come to the point of physical need, to awaken his spiritual need. His heart bowed down to his father, who was waiting for him all the time he was gone, and at his feet, he confessed his condition, subjecting himself to be a servant instead of his son. His heart was broken and ready to receive his freedom through his father’s forgiveness. In return, his father called to his servants saying, Bring quickly the best robe and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet; and bring out that fattened calf and kill it; and let us revel and feast and be happy and make merry, because this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! And they began to revel and feast and make merry (Luke 15:22-24). Isn’t it liking our heavenly Father, when we approach Him in repentance and contrition of heart, seeking His forgiveness? The prodigal son’s father is the picture of God as the loving father, who desires all to be saved. All we have to do is to approach Him with repentant heart, confessing our sins and He will forgive them, never to remember them. As far as the east is from the west so far has He removed our transgressions from us; as a father loves and pities his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him (Ps. 103:12). (A Psalm of David). The prodigal son was given a robe in place of his rags, which is God’s righteousness being imputed on us when we acknowledge our sins and repent; he was given a ring, which symbolizes the Holy Spirit’s seal on those who accept YAHSHUA, guaranteeing their salvation; and the sandals to stand firm and stable in the faith.

In another event, when YAHSHUA was invited to eat supper at a Pharisee, called Simon, a woman of the town who was an especially wicked sinner, came to the house, with an alabaster flask of ointment (perfume) and standing behind YAHSHUA at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with tears; and she wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed His feet and anointed them with the ointment. At the criticism of Simon, YAHSHUA said, Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair; you gave Me no kiss, but she from the moment I came in has not ceased to kiss my feet tenderly and caressingly; you did not anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with perfume. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are forgiven her, because she has loved much, but he who is forgiven little, loves little; and He said to her, You sins are forgiven (vs.44-46). Simon’s critical attitude was brought down with those words from our Lord. That “sinful” woman knew Who that man was: the Son of God, the only One Who could forgive and free her from her chains. She purposed in her heart to repent of the life she lived. Even though there were no words that came from her, only tears, her action expressed a humble, contrite and repentant heart. YAHSHUA, Who knows the heart, accepted her contrition and forgave her, for a broken and contrite heart, the Lord will not reject.

Time and opportunity are given to all of us in this world. The time to make things right with God by confessing our sins and repenting of them, is an opportunity we have only now to receive our forgiveness and complete freedom in YAHSHUA the Lord. As the span of life is uncertain, so is the duration of the time and opportunity for us to make the right decision. Choose my friend to do the right thing while God’s grace is available to you. Today is all you have. Don’t wait for tomorrow; for tomorrow may never be yours. Are you ready to meet God?

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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