“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)
I used to be scared of God. Not the healthy sense of awe that we need to approach Him with, but outright fear. That came from my childhood. Through my best friend’s Sunday School stories, I got the impression that God was stern, and on the lookout for mistakes He could punish people for.
That image stubbornly stuck with me until I started learning about God for myself as an adult. Even then, it took a long time before I could believe that God wouldn’t strike me down if I confessed my sin. To be honest, I punished myself as much as I thought God might – perfectionism combined with guilt never ends well.
It’s been a process over the last decade or so, of rooting out this faulty thinking, and then accepting the truth. Now, coming before God is easier. Confession has become a time for reflection and release. And instead of fear, I feel a sense of peace about being in God’s presence. Quite a wonderful switch!
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