1 John  1:5-10 (NIV)

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

1 John 1:9 (NIV)

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.   

DEVOTION – Cathy Stewart (Tennessee)

With an all-encompassing dread, I feared making mistakes.  When I inadvertently did something wrong, I  kept quiet and hoped no one would find out.

I entered the corporate world in my fifties.  One day, a mistake was made on the job, and my boss prepared to inform the offender that mistakes would not be tolerated.  With a knot in my stomach, I took a deep breath, interrupted the conversation, and confessed, “It was my fault.  I didn’t provide the correct information.”  Silence filled the room.  My boss looked at me in disbelief.  At first, I braced for the tirade to come; but then I felt my stomach ease.  Admitting my error had brought peace to my spirit.

Confession gives us peace and returns us to a right relationship with the Lord.  The sooner we confess our sins, the less time we spend with a wall standing between us and God.  Not admitting our mistakes creates walls in our personal relationships as well.  The people we wrong may never realize that we are at fault, but our fear of being found out can destroy the friendship.  Restoration with God and with other people begins with confession.  Freedom comes when we admit our imperfections.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: An honest heart leads to unity with God and with other people.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for the freedom that comes with confession.  Give us the strength to rise above our insecurity and to admit when we are wrong.  Amen.