posted Jul 7, 2014, 8:28 AM by Dale Barnes

“Open your heart and let him in.  God will remove all your sorrow and sin. He may not pass this way again, so open your heart and let him come in.”  These are words from an old hymn.

Many struggle so hard to take this step, not wanting to give up their independence; not wanting to humble themselves before God.  In the Psalms, David said: “When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all the day long.  Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.  My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.  Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt.  I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’  And you forgave me!  All my guilt is gone.” (32:3-5 NLT)

It seems so simple, and it is!  Yet, so many struggle with honesty and humility.  These qualities are of great importance with God.  The truth is another has paid the penalty for your sins and mine.  That is the good news!  What we could not do (get rid of our sins), Jesus did by dying in our place. Therefore, “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven,whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against hm.” (Ro.4:7-8 NIV)

Again, blaming friends or relatives will not help; getting religious does not help, thinking you are among the “better” people does no good. Trust what God has done for you through Christ.  Get honest and humble yourself before God. Confess your sinfulness, and God will freely forgive. You will be free of guilt and stand innocent before God.  Then you can begin a lasting and fruitful relationship with this great and loving God.