I confess, I have frost in places.
I’ve been thinking about confession and it’s power to cleanse and set us free. While I was taking my walk this morning I think God gave me a picture of how not confessing effects us.
The morning was cold, down into the 20s so everything was covered with a thin white frost. Even the blacktop road I take my walks on had an even sheet of shimmering white crystals. For a while. Then the sun rose and even though the air was still cold, still below freezing, wherever the sun hit the frost began to melt off of the road.
As I walked I noticed an irregular pattern of icy spots still clinging to the road. Upon further inspection I discovered that wherever the road was shaded from the suns light, the frost remained.
I thought about my life and how sometimes I try to hide things in my heart from God. I try to keep the Son’s light from illuminating things that I know are wrong, but I don’t want to deal with, or I have
secret sins that I don’t want to give up.
1Jn 1:5 God is light and in him is no darkness. Exposing ourselves to the God who not just brings light but is Himself light, it is difficult to hide stuff from him.
If I don’t let the light of Jesus shine on my sins, my life will continue to be “frozen” in those areas. If I confess my sins God is faithful and just to forgive my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness, (to melt my frozen road).
John also gave us the remedy or the guide for confession. In 1 Jn 1:8-10 he tells us this: “ If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”
1 John 1:8-10 NIV
From man’s beginnings back in Genesis, we see the pattern of sin. After breaking God’s command and sinning Adam and Eve knew they were naked and hid from God.
Are there still areas in my life that I am hiding from God? Why am I hiding them? If the frozen road is an example of God’s warm influence in my life, then I gain nothing from hiding, and will lose nothing except the frost by confessing and exposing my hidden parts to the warmth of God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
God shine into my life, thaw my frozen hidden parts. Bring your warmth and love into my shade and shadows and melt my sins away. You are light and in you is no shadow or variation due to change.
How about you? Do you have some areas in your life that you are hiding from God’s view? Are you willing today to knock down the barriers and let God’s warm love melt away the frozen frost of sin? Will you confess your need for help and forgiveness today?