Paul, a leader in the early church, writes this to a congregation:
12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. – 2 Cor 1
"I would like to talk to you." The voice on the other end of the phone gave me the impression that I was about to be found out. The tone made me think that this person had uncovered something in my life that I have been trying to hide. The truth would come out and I would be embarrassed. What I had been hiding would be exposed.
And then I remembered . . .
I have absolutely nothing to hide. My conscience kicked in and reminded me that I have conducted myself with integrity and honor. Oh, I’m far from perfect. I slip up. I make some poor choices, let my thoughts run wild, ignore people when I should not, shut my mouth too late, and a host of other things. But there is nothing, if I was confronted on, that I would not apologize for if it was my fault. I’m far from perfect, but I’m hiding nothing. That is freedom.
It has not always been so. There were times in the past where I was hiding things. If found out, I would have been embarrassed, maybe devastated. I would sometimes think "what if they found out about me?" That is not freedom. That is trying to cover up what God already sees. I have found a much better way. Confession is good for the soul; and for the life.
Living with a clear conscious is like dropping a 200 pound dead man off our shoulders. And I hate lugging around dead men.
Confess it. Let God forgive you. Forgive yourself. Move on.
Time to be free my friends.
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