When we mess up, we may have a tendency to not want to tell anyone. We may be ashamed and we don’t want anyone to know what we have done. Even though we are told that God forgives, we may not confess our sins because we are afraid we can’t be forgiven.
In the garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve sinned, the Bible says that they were ashamed and hid themselves. When we sin, we may not confess our sins because we believe we can’t be forgiven. But we can.
Proverbs 28:13 says, “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”
Maybe you have unconfessed sin… you haven’t confessed it because you are afraid you can’t be forgiven. But there is nothing any of us have done that we can’t be forgiven for if we will ask.
A little boy visiting his grandparents was given his first slingshot. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit his target.
As he came back to Grandma’s back yard, he spied her pet duck. On an impulse he took aim and let fly. The stone hit, and the duck fell dead.
The boy panicked. Desperately he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to look up and see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.
After lunch that day, Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today. Didn’t you Johnny?” And she whispered to him, “Remember the duck!” So Johnny did the dishes.
Later, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing. Grandma said, “I’m sorry, but I need Sally to help me make supper.” Sally smiled and said, “That’s all taken care of. Johnny wants to do it.” Again she whispered, “Remember the duck.” Johnny stayed while Sally went fishing.
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, finally he couldn’t stand it. He confessed to Grandma that he’d killed the duck.
“I know, Johnny,” she said, giving him a hug. “I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing. Because I love you, I forgave you. But I wondered how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.”
We don’t have to let Satan make a slave of us. We can confess our sins knowing that Jesus forgives. One of the things we can be thankful for this Thanksgiving is that Jesus forgives.