Have you ever had a child of your own lie to you, but later confess to you their wrong doing? They come to you with their head down, still a little hesitant, and fess up to what they did. At that moment you feel both hurt with the lie, but you also now feel your relationship can begin going through the “repair phase”. You become proud of them for coming forward and you know it wasn’t easy for them to do. You work through the problem and the wrong done can now be forgiven. And your kid is now able to start with a clean slate.
There are so many verses throughout the Bible that lead me to believe our Father feels very much the same way with us, as we do with our children. He wants to work through the issues with us, and when we stumble, he wants us to come to him sooner rather than later.
1 John 1:9 (NLT)
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
Proverbs 28:13 (NLT)
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
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