As an adult, you can learn from previous mistakes. Depending upon the degree of your past transgressions, the healing process varies. Those who succumb to addiction at some point in life will have a much tougher road to recovery than individuals who just flirted with temptation. In the end, you can run, but you can’t hide from your past.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, 1 John 1:9.
The disciple whom Jesus loved makes an interesting observation in the verse above. Your degree of faith is based upon your level of sincerity. Those who open up about dark periods of their past are considered genuine. Yet, many remain silent, afraid that previous lapses in judgments will cause others to abandon current relationships.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working, James 5:16.
Since recent allegations made by women against Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore, the media is assuming that these accusations are true. I don’t know Judge Moore nor can I speak on his behalf. Nonetheless, I know that everyone has secret scars. These imperfections are symbolic of periods in life that you are ashamed of, hoping no one finds out. Yet, James the earthly brother of Jesus urges individuals to come forward by acknowledging any unconfessed sin.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy, Proverbs 28:13.
Whether you are talking about a public figure, Hollywood star or yourself, the Bible applies to everyone. According to Solomon, one of the wisest individuals to walk the face of the earth, mercy is dependent upon confession. Jesus reinforces this concept at the end of the Lord’s prayer, Matthew 6:14-15. Therefore, if you want to escape the demons of your past, confess any deeds of darkness so that grace, healing and mercy will be found.
by Jay Mankus