GREAT LENT: DAY 26
“I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Accuse me, let us go to trial; set forth your case, so that you may be proved right.” Isaiah 43:25-26
In general, we find it difficult to confess and accept our wrongdoings. To confess by saying “Forgive me, I was wrong” signifies weakness. However, by avoiding these important words, we deprive ourselves of the blessings a confession brings. A wound that receives care is when healing begins. When we keep our wounds in the dark, without confessing our wrongs, we deprive ourselves of God’s healing in our lives.
In today’s passage, God, through the Prophet Isaiah, exhorts us to confess our wrongdoings so that we may be found righteous. A sin that is kept in the dark without confessing it brings forth shame and guilt. This emotion robs us of our peace and deprives us of joy. This impacts both our physical and spiritual health.
This truth is best described by the Psalmist: “While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.” (Psalm 32:3) Unless a person confesses his or her wrongdoing, he or she will not find the peace to move forward. For this reason, we submit to God our confessions. The Psalmist puts it this way: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” (Psalm 32:5)
Certainly, it is through confession that we are to receive God’s forgiveness, which then grants peace to our troubled hearts. Whatever our sins may be, come and let us confess them to our Lord, let us seek His forgiveness, and only then will we find healing and freedom. As the Apostle John says, “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Therefore, if there is a sin in your life that has burdened you, go to church, confess your sins, and you will receive God’s forgiveness, and you will experience divine peace which surpasses all understanding.