Confession is Hard Work!
They say that confession is good for the soul! You’ll forgive me for suggesting to them they may never have actually done it! It may be good for the soul, but it’s also jolly tough!
To confess to someone, especially God, that you have done wrong and that you are seeking their forgiveness is hard to do. I remember the many times I have had to do it, and it never feels good! But if we want to be God’s Future Builders, then like Nehemiah and the people of God, we must be prepared to confess our sins and ask for God’s forgiveness, mercy and grace.
Admitting the Part We Had to Play
Some Salvationists seem to despair at the state of The Salvation Army today – blaming it on “today’s generation” and complaining that things are not like they used to be. I wonder if we ever stop to ask ourselves about the part we have played in building The Salvation Army of today?
I look back over my life in “the Army” and I have to confess the times I have got it wrong. When I have focused on the wrong things. When I have lost sight of the mission. When I have played politics. When I have forgotten to surround everything in prayer. Maybe as you reflect, you might find something to confess too?
Confession Brings God’s Forgiveness, Mercy and Grace
When Nehemiah and the people of God confessed their sins, they met God’s forgiveness, love and grace. My prayer is that The Salvation Army around the world will meet those too as we confess how we are sometimes so far away from God’s purpose for us. His covenantal love has the power to change us for the better – praise God!
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