As imperfect people we are prone to sin. Temptation is around us all day, from the leanings to think unkind thoughts all the way up to the more serious actions we may ponder. In the mix, pride and rationalization toy with us and society tells us anything is okay, just go for it. Yet an innate part in all of us also senses when we are about to do something wrong, whether to self or another, and it cautions us.
Even though we can admit to all of this, at times we are still reluctant to admit our sins, to bring our faults out into the light. Often sin is also seen as a shortcoming or a weakness – things we are unlikely to admit to as well.
But perhaps the biggest thing that holds us back from admitting our sins is the idea that once we confess our sin before God, then it is out there and we are called to repent, to begin to battle that sin in our life, to turn away from it.
In Psalm 51, David writes, “Against you, you only, have I sinned.” Our sins too are between us and God alone, for He alone can offer the mercy, forgiveness, and cleansing of our soul that we so need. David goes on to ask God to “create a pure heart within” – something we all need as well.
We are imperfect. We all sin. Our God of steadfast love and unending mercy knows this. When we come with a broken and contrite heart, His love washes over our sin and He renews our spirit. In turn, may our lips sing His praises!
Scripture reference: Psalm 51: 1-17