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Psalm 32:1-11; Proverbs 28:13

David gives us a mini lesson on confession and being forgiven here in Psalm 32:1-11. He starts and ends with encouragement, letting us know how awesome it is to be forgiven. But in between he addresses, head on, the hard part--acknowledging and confessing our sin to God. David definitely gives us plenty to consider, draw on and model.

So what do these verses reveal about the importance and the effect of confession and seeking forgiveness? Tami W.

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Thank you for bringing Proverbs into our lesson. One thing I understand, I will never be prefect until I am leave this body of flesh to become one in HIS Spirit. Even though I'm blessed to know I'm saved and Jesus is with me and will never forsake me, He knows I am weak and nothing without HIM. So my sin is ever before me but being forgiven is to be truly human. Proverbs is amazing help tool to become renewed and built up into what and all GOD expects me to be. Sometimes I accomplish it but only when HE does it for/through me. Praise God and give HIM glory and honor!AND keep on keeping on. Be faithful till the end.

We have a God who hears, forgives... and most importantly, cleanses us from sin. We need to repent and forsake the sinful way of life and find what David found in vs 7 "You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance"

He found the Lord to be his hiding place and refuge!

Tami, I think Proverbs 28:13 is clear on this, "He that covereth his sins ahall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (KJV). 1 John 1:9 " If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrigheousness".

Jesus our Lord and Saviour said in Matthew 6:14-15 "For if we forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses".

That is how important it is to me. It cannot be any clearer. We cannot be forgiven if we do not follow what the Word of God says.

I've been struggling with a lot of personal problems for the last 12 months. I woke up this morning and felt swamped by feelings of guilt and shame because of some very stupid decisions I made.

These readings were a much needed reminder that if I give these sins to God he will forgive me and he will, through his Spirit, enable me to forgive myself.

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Awesome God,
I stand humble before your throne. Who am I that you care about me? I am brought to my knees by the idea that you, in your infinite power, love me. Thank you. Thank you for not only loving me, but, for elevating me to a place of honor in your creation.

Father, I've done things that hurt people I professed to love with all my heart. I make excuses for why I did it,but truth be told, I don't know why. I can't handle this sin on my own anymore. Please, Father, take my sins away. Pour out your Spirit on me and enable me to feel clean and forgiven again. Once my slate with you is clean, Lord, let me forgive myself so that my life may move on and I can grow in your love once more.

Amen!

Asking forgiveness is first spiritually important and also physically important. Research shows that guilt can take a toll on us physically. That's why the Psalmist mentions "my bones waste away" and "my strength is dried up." There is a spiritual cleansing and physical release when we confess and ask God and others (if needed) for forgiveness.

I think that sometimes we hold onto sin and don't want to confess it to God because with true confession comes the need for true change. I wonder if we often resist true repentance because we are so used to living in the sin that we fear how we will be able live without it! These scriptures are an awesome reminder though that true freedom and peace result from complete surrender to God as we give our sins over to Christ and our lives are transformed.

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