“If I tell him that, then he’s going to come down on me hard.” We’ve all been there, haven’t we? We’ve all done something wrong and have hid it from authority, and then we felt guilty. For those of us who are of a mature age, we’ve worked hard to never put ourselves in that position again. But we still have things in our hearts from the past that we wish we would have just confessed to at the time, but we never did. And now it’s still there, nagging at us in memory.
When dealing with most humans, unlikable consequences will come from our faults. If we tell our boss we stole money from the petty cash fund, he or she will probably thank us for our honesty and then fire us. If we cheat, we can expect the possibility of a divorce, or at least a lot of cold anger.
The good news is that God’s authority is different than human authority. Once we tell God about our wrongs, then he will forgive us and no wrath from him will come–he won’t take himself from us. The bad news is that there are consequences that come from not admitting our faults to God. Paul writes in Romans 1 that the wrath of God is basically the absence of God, and when God turns us over, fully, to our sinful desires is when things get really bad. God is good. He’s not a jerk like me, and if we don’t have the goodness of God in our lives, we are going to feel really bad.
I’m going to tell you how to completely free yourself from feeling bad for no reason at all. I’m going to tell you how to achieve perfect peace through the Holy Spirit. The rest of the world could be burning down, but with God’s peace and the love of Jesus Christ, you could stand in the middle of the fire and not be harmed.
It’s easy to confess to God that we stole some money, but is it easy to tell God about the darkness in our hearts? Can we confess to God that in our hearts we truly don’t care about him? We’d rather just get some nice stuff and chill, and that saving people isn’t important to us. Sure, it’s easy to confess with our tongues that saving people is number one in our hearts, but is it really true? Can we confess to God that we believe in the power of money to keep our families off the streets more so than the power of God? Truly, what is in our hearts? What do we truly believe? Who do we really desire? Our actions have consequences on a human level, but our hearts have consequences on a Godly level.
For our own good, let’s be willing to accept the darkness of our hearts. Recognize that it’s there. Find out what is behind the darkness. Is it lust? Is it greed? Is it the desire for power and popularity? We need to identify every one of those dirty little secrets, and then we need to tell the Lord that we are sorry they are living in our hearts. When we fully identify, accept and admit our faults to God, it will be the best day of our lives. God will fill us with peace, and nothing will shake us. When we give everything to Jesus Christ, we will have the security of the one who deeply loves us. Our faith will no longer be in things that can be burned up and destroyed, like money. Have faith that God is good and that he can’t wait to get in there and remove what has been holding us back no matter how embarrassing or how scary having to admit those things about ourselves might be. He will fill us with light, and light is so many good things. “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?” (Romans 2:4).