Is This on Your Radar Screen?

If we confess our sins…1 John 1:9

Confession of sin hardly seems to appear on the radar screen for many Christians today. But confession has always had central place in Christian worship. Catholics confessed their sins to a priest. Protestants confessed their sinfulness to God.

It seems that confessing our sins is disappearing from worship altogether. We celebrate God. We celebrate ourselves. But we do not confess, and if we do not confess, will not change.

The problem with this is that it’s not the kind of Christianity that we find in the New Testament! The whole point of the gospel is that it changes a person. It doesn’t leave you as you are. The apostle Paul says to believers: “Examine yourselves! Test yourselves!” ( 2Corintians 13:5). It was Socrates who said “The unexamined life is not worth living,” and he was right.

This is what Asaph did. When his mind was straightened out by the truth, he was able to see what had been going on in his soul, and this led him to make a confession to God: “I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you” (Psalm 73:22).

When the light switch is turned on, you begin to see clearly. Confession is not a sign of dysfunction in the Christian life. It is a sign of health.

by Coin Smith, LIFE Keys: Unlocking the Bible

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