Courage to Confess
March 25, 2014
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The Zaragoza Children
Our daughter Julie and her husband Victor live in Mexico and see it as part of their life’s calling to rescue and raise the abandoned or at-risk children the Lord brings to them. One of their boys was going to be abandoned by an uncle at the Mexico City bus station, but he ended up in the Zaragoza family, as one of our grandchildren. He’s had a very rough life, even living on the street and sleeping under bridges. It’s been a slow process of helping him grow and mature in a healthy way. Julie recently told us that twice now he has said the words, “I was wrong.” This was a huge milestone, because he would never admit wrongdoing or guilt.
His honesty is largely due to the love and security he finds in his new family. He can afford to be honest about his mistakes and wrongdoing because he knows he will be forgiven and still be loved.
The good news is that we can risk being honest with ourselves, with each other, and, most importantly, with God! Why? Because of the Good News! The gospel of Jesus Christ — the good news that He went to the cross to take care of our sin because He loves us so much — is more than enough reason to have the boldness to be honest.
Think about it: is a child, or an adult, more likely to ‘fess up if there will be great punishment or if there will be great forgiveness? We’re growing spiritually when we can regularly pray to the Lord — and say to those around us — “I was wrong.” The courage in our confession comes from a confidence in His compassion.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)