One of my unmistakeable joys is accompanying people in the all the complexity of their lives. To rummage and wrestle with our shadow-self is nothing less than heroic. Whether it’s with increasing age, recceding hair or occasional cleric-shirt wearing (!!)…….I’m hearing more confessional truth and authentic struggle. People greatly value the opportunity to unpack things that have been stored up for some time. Confessions tumble out, topic’s emerge, truths are found in safe spaces, and complexity finds freedom and healing through God’s grace and a little human steer.
Max Lucado courageously writes about this ‘coming-clean.’ This confession business. Some of the voxpox’s of his writing really grabbed me, and so I share………
Trust God’s ability to receive your confession more than your ability to make it.
We need prayers of grace-based confession……Confession is a radical reliance on grace. A proclamation of our trust in God’s goodness.
Confessors find a freedom that deniers do not.
“If we confess our sins, He will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us” 1 John 1:9, NCV
Here’s Lucado’s full article: so helpful, real and needful.
Would to God, that all our church communities had such a generous welcome, showed unconditional love and lived with unmeasured grace…….. then healing and help for the confessional struggles of us all, would gladly meet the power of Jesus to wholly cleanse and forgive.
Then, the world would be more gloriously attracted,…
Our stuff, our sin and struggle whilst everso real can never out-do God’s grace…..for in this we can be secure!