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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – June 1, 2023

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – June 1, 2023

Confession

By Jodie Montgomery

I sit here regretting something I said and realizing that the grief I am experiencing is really due to me getting a glimpse into my heart. I spoke something wrong because I deceived myself, I was hurt, and I was prideful. I repent.

Psalm 32:5 “I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

Psalm 38:18 “For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.”

It was not easy confessing my sin to God and to those I sinned against. I pray I may walk in truth and that God will redevelop trust in these relationships. I know a lot of what I expressed came from an unforgiving heart and fears that I should have addressed before I dwelt in wrong thinking. There is rightness in identifying with others that long for His redemptive care.

There are many Bible passages about the tongue.

I read recently in an article entitled “O Be Careful Little Mouth…” by Mark Vroegop, “Our sinful words spring from frustrated passions.  We don’t deserve to be hurt, so we get bitter.  We don’t like being hindered, so we get angry.  We’re tired of certain people, so we slowly burn.  We don’t want to lose an argument, so we shout.  We don’t want people to get away with it, so we slander others.  We want people to think better of us, so we gossip.  We want people to think we’re nice, so we flatter them.  We think we’re better than others, so we speak evil against them.  Or we think that we could do a better job, so we grumble.” My tongue can reveal my inconsistency in my walk with God.

When you search for the words “confess” and “confession” in the Bible, you discover that God is glorified when we confess His Word, His Son, our need for His Son, and the hope we have in Him. Gloriously, our words can build up His people and in doing so, bear His life.  We may represent Him as we fight the good fight of faith.

Hebrews 10:23-24 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

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