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Jan 3

Coming Clean. Staying Clean.

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, Values

I returned to my office following a week of vacation.  It was just as I left it.
– Books on the bookshelves organized, neat, and flush with the front of the shelf.
– CDs in the rack free of fingerprints and scratches.
– File folders in five file drawers alphabetized, organized, and current.

Lot’s of things were properly cared for before I left.

Coming Clean

That’s not all there is in my office.

My desk is a mess.
I had unsorted papers in bins.
I had unsorted CDs stacked.

Some of my office, like some of my life, is in good shape.
But, like my office, my life needs a cleaning.
Maybe your life does too.

Coming Clean with God

“Confessors find a freedom that deniers don’t”, wrote Max Lucado.

John, Jesus’ best friend, wrote, “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.”

“Oh, the sweet certainty of these words. “He will cleanse us.” Not he might, could, would, or has been known to. He will cleanse you. Tell God what you did. Again, it’s not that he doesn’t already know, but the two of you need to agree. Spend as much time as you need. Share all the details you can. Then let the pure water of grace flow over your mistakes.” 1

Staying Clean

In my experience confession can be as simple as an honest:
“I’m sorry.
I wish I didn’t do what I did.
Please help me to live differently.”

Now the key for me has been staying clean.
Good decision making — staying clean — is far harder than confession – coming clean.
That’s why we need the “cleanse us” power of God.

 

1 – 1 John 1:8–9 NCV
2 – From Grace by Max Lucado

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