There are some who would say that denial is a river in Egypt. Unfortunately most of those people are in fact living in denial (hope they don’t drown in it). In fact a good portion of mankind is in a continual state of denial about the existence of sin, and of its very real presence in their own lives.
John writes in his first letter, If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Many people walk around continually in this state of denial and self-deceiving.
My grandfather had a saying, “It doesn’t affect me – affect me – affect me …” He would use it when there was some self-denial going on. The point being that we could claim something had nothing to do with us, when in fact its effects were profound enough to cause serious dysfunction to be occurring. Denying the truth did not negate its effects.
The greatest sickness of man is the fact that our sin has separated us from God. Denying that reality does not negate the devastating effects of the separation. Nothing can be truly right when we are denied the relationship with our Creator for which we were created.
How do we find the cure to this sickness? The first step to a cure is confession. When David was miserably affected by the denial of his sin, the first step to relief was confession.
I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah Psalm 32:5
There is great power in finding the relief of guilt coming from the forgiveness of God. He will not offer that relief until we confess the sin.
Confession is not telling God something He does not know. Confession is agreeing with God about the reality of the sin in our life. Why deny that reality? Who are you really fooling? Who are you really hurting?
Thank God we have a Savior who loves us and gave Himself up to pay the full penalty for our sin. Thank you Jesus! Confess your sin today and receive the gift of forgiveness offered by the loving Savior.