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PowerPoint - Apr. 22, 2010

Confessing our sin

April 22, 2010

David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die."

--2 Samuel 12:13

The honest confession of our sin is essential to receiving God's forgiveness.

So when we find a powerful example of how we should confess our sin to God, we need to take it to heart. And we find such an example in the life of David. 

You might recall that David tried to hide the fact that he had an affair with Bathsheba and, furthermore, that he arranged for the death of her husband, Uriah.

For more than a year, David hid the knowledge of his sin until God sent the prophet Nathan to confront him. And with the simple words, "You are the man," Nathan lay open David's guilt-ridden heart.

Now David might have tried to deny his sin, or to blame Bathsheba, or the pressures of being king. But he didn't. Instead, David immediately confessed and said, "I have sinned against the Lord." That is real confession!

In the language of the New Testament, to confess our sins is to agree with what God says about our sins. In other words, we need to call sin what it is and to say to God, "I have sinned."

Do you need God's forgiveness? God longs to restore your life! Confess and you will be forgiven just as David was!


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