repent and discover abounding grace
We’ve grown up in a sheltered world. Not in the context of good vs. evil but in responsibility. Meaning, we are often too prideful to own up to our mistakes.
We want to place our ghosts in a closet, leave our darkness under the floor board, and hide behind the smiles that convince the world we’re fine. Somehow this has become a normality. An expectation that we repeatedly say is unnecessary meaning we don’t need to feel that way, to feel ashamed or insecure; yet, all too often we judge those that share. Sending us right back into the blackness we momentarily stepped away from.
And we question why the world is so hateful?
2 Corinthians 7:9-10 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
There’s a safe place, a scapegoat, a freedom to this worldly hate. The judgement, the mocking, the solemn aggression can be wiped away from all situations and life circumstances. We can walk this life without fear of retribution or condemnation, speak and know that our words have meaning, and our actions follow.
We’ve been generationally taught to hide our shame, but the gospel tells us to shout it. God calls it out. He knows our hearts better than we do so there is no hiding. We are naked and vulnerable under His grace. But isn’t that freeing? Knowing that our Lord knows every detail to our sin, our nature, our darkness, yet loves us? He knows more than any worldly stranger or friend and chooses to forgive us; doesn’t that give us authority to walk in confidence?
The beauty of His grace and the way our salvation works, is that, contradictory to what we’ve previously believed, we are to claim our sin as witness to God. We are to share our hardships, our mistakes, our adultery, our gossip, our jealousy so that we can further understand our (1) need for Jesus and (2) know His love. Repentance is our way of showing God that we know we are not worthy of His love, but we are so grateful; that we should have been on the cross, but He saved us; that this life is nothing without Him, so we will strive to mature in our faith. It’s a sign of true salvation because repenting means you understand your sin. But not just that, you hate your sin. That you want nothing to do with it because it separates you from God. That you need Him in your life to overcome such a trait.
So, we confess to our Lord these things. The things that He already knows and has already forgiven. We confess, so that we can walk humbly in Him and profess His undeserving grace. Not only to Him but to others. I can tell someone about defiling the marriage bed without fear of the outcome. Why? Because there’s only a few options: I am judged by someone who needs grace in their life (but because of Jesus I can genuinely pray for their heart), I am not understood (an opportunity to present the gospel and God’s promises), or I am reciprocated with grace and love (because God’s grace is over us all, and we all sin). There is no bad outcome when the purpose is Jesus. There is no retribution when you walk in grace. There is only opportunity, growth, and trust.
We may have grown up in fear of our darkness, but God turns that darkness into light. God hasn’t created us to remain hidden, ashamed, or bashful. He created us to be loved and to love. In order to do that, we have to let go. We have to lay down our burdens and fears and mistakes at the Lords feet and trust that He’s wiping them clean. We have to trust that His grace is stronger than our sin. Going to Him, repenting, is admitting our Lord and savior is greater than we, and that we need Him to continue saving us from that darkness. So, be a witness. Be bold in the spirit and share your sin. Because sin, means abounding grace.