Take This Cup: February 28th

by SCOTT LINGO

Psalm 32

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.  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.

Confession/repentance is simply admittance; it’s pleading guilty. “I did it, it was me.” Those who you confess to and or admit wrong doing to, or seek forgiveness from are not often surprised. They and God are already aware you have wronged them. This is an act of contriteness/humility. It’s admitting you were wrong in whatever way and having a desire to repair the relationship you’ve damaged. With our 3 boys we have a little saying. It’s really really little. “Own it.” They know what it means because there’s a lot of explanation around it through their lives. In essence, it means, when you screw up, you admit it (or own up to it) and you seek to make things right with those you’ve wronged. It can be so very exhausting running from or adding lie upon lie concerning our transgressions. It’s like the Psalms say, it feels like our bones are wasting away. We all mess up. We all have to humble ourselves and admit wrong doing. Don’t let your bones waste away. Admit to your God and anyone you’ve hurt your transgressions. Help to heal both their pain and yours.


Consider Forgiveness

Miroslav Volf