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“Fess Up!”

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The Christian life is best lived in a perpetual state of confession— confessing what is right and confessing when we're wrong.

Our level of joy and usefulness depends largely on how consistently we practice confession.

Proverbs 28:13 NKJV He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.


A continual state of confession requires four actions:
1. Contrition: We repent of our sin, which includes seeing it the way God does.

We are called to respond to God in truth, apart from our feelings or consequences.

2. Determination: We make a decision to honor God and close down all lanes leading to sin.

"Always be killing sin or it will be killing you." —John Owen

3. Admission: We reveal our sin to those impacted by it.

The best kind of confession begins with God, but rarely ever ends there.

We hurt people more when we conceal our sin than we do when we reveal our sin.

4. Restitution: We seek to ease the burden our sin caused others whenever possible.

Restitution is about proclaiming God's goodness, not reclaiming our status.

Proverbs 28:13 NKJV He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Psalm 32:1-5 NKJV Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah