Why do I end up on my knees in confession?
Is it because I’ve fallen and the only place to really land safely is to fall to my knees?
Why is this position so familiar?
When one receives Christ, salvation is here to stay. So what is with this confession stuff?
The unfolding of confession is actually a two-sided sword. The one side is like a dagger that pierces so hard I want to die and yet the other is the scalpel of The Great Physician.
I don’t want to disappoint God. But I sure am glad I can end up on my knees; the safest landing field this side of heaven.
The unfolding of confession is paired with the unfolding of grace. The more I experience the utter beauty and perfection of Christ, the more my sin hits me in the gut (the dagger part). But the more I know Christ, the more I know that I’m forgiven (the scalpel part).
One might think confession should get rarer as I am sanctified. But the more glorious He becomes to me, the more of “Him” becomes unfolded. Thus, there are holes in the knees of pants from the recognition of the holiness of God.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Confession is more than “good for the soul.” It seems to bring the sun of Easter morning and The Son of God, the very radiance of God’s glory.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin…When anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned…Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded…Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord… The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven…If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 32:5 NIV, Leviticus 5:5 NIV, James 4:8 NIV, Acts 3:20 NIV, Hebrews 1:3 NIV, 1 John 1:9 NIV