Confess to/ Pray for One Another – The nature of God and the example of Jesus.

god-is-light-in-him-there-is-no-darkness-at-all-quote-1C.S. Lewis said that to love at all is to be vulnerable.  It’s a powerful statement.  The choice to love is inherently risky.  It’s risky because in order to love we have to extend ourselves in some way.  In order to love we must give something up…we must become vulnerable.

Now it get’s even more interesting because we know that God is love (1 John 4:8).  Is God vulnerable?  For many that question will instantly cause a visceral reaction.  For others it’s comforting.  It just depends on your perception of God and your perception of vulnerability.

God freely accepts us and loves us with the heart of a Father, He provides the safety and security we need to freely confess our sin.  Confession is a key to growth but we need to feel safe before we are willing to confess.  God is merciful and trustworthy; confession and repentance allows healing to begin in our lives.

2 Corinthians 7:10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

Romans 8:31 God is for us.

Titus 3:4-5 When God our Saviour revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

God is light, there is no darkness in Him.  When we confess our sin we take it from the darkness and expose it to the light of God.  Light is holy, honest and transparent, it wants the best for us.  Our sin holds power when we keep it hidden in the dark where it can be used by the enemy.  Telling the truth has the power to set us free.  Our sin has been dealt with by Jesus once and for all, we won’t get zapped for it!  If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us.  If it is confessed, it is forgiven.

1 John 1:5-10 This is the message we heard from Jesus[c] and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 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. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

John 1:4-5 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

So how did Jesus deal with confession?

Luke 23: 39-43 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”

40 But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41 We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Jesus himself prays for us.

John 17: 20-24  I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

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