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Confession and Forgiveness (Part 2)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 NIV).”

Some time back, I remember becoming depressed after harboring some unforgiveness in my heart. I knew what was going on: God promises to torture us unless we forgive others (Matthew 18:21-35). Depression is no mystery to me. I assumed that I would have to struggle with the foothold until I was able to break free. This had happened many times before. But this time I tried something different—with a wonderful result!

The Bible says that God will forgive us if we confess our sins. I did routinely confess the sin of unforgiveness—often with little effect. I would say the right words—but it didn't always come from my heart.

So this time I tried something different. I confessed the sin from my heart and using the exact words that Scripture uses to describe the sin of unforgiveness. The depression immediately went away. I hadn't ever experienced this much relief so quickly!

I simply said to God, from my heart, that I confess that I had been a 'wicked servant' (Matthew 18:21-35) and that I ask forgiveness of my sin. I didn't say just one sentence. I made it clear to God that I understood what Scripture said about my sin and that I agreed that what I was doing was wrong. And I felt better right away.

End of story.

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